VCU Rams are forced to focus on defense while their shooting hits a lull. Shooting just under 40% overall, the Rams are going through a rough spell lately. With this in mind, Coach Smart knows something else has to be done in order to win games. It looks as though a higher emphasis on defense has been put in place in order to ensure wins for VCU. With only two players shooting double digits during this Tuesday’s home game against Wofford, the Rams used their defensive skills to keep up with the Terriers. Fans watching this game in the Siegel Center were probably surprised because the Rams should have been winning by more than 10 after the first half, as Wofford’s record was 3-6 coming into VCU’s stadium.
The Rams can and do force turnovers successfully and they followed through with this against the Terriers. VCU’s defense forced 20 turnovers and scored 18 points from them. These turnovers seem to be one of the most critical components that help the team pull out wins lately. VCU’s shooting has been struggling overall, including when sent to the line. As the season progresses, fans hope to see more of the games they are used to, where 4 or 5 players are shooting double digits.
One player who has grown each week is Freshman JeQuan Lewis. If he keeps going the way he has so far, his career with VCU will be one for the record books. Lewis doesn’t necessarily look for plays set up for him, he pushes the ball whenever he gets the chance and his relentless energy showed on Tuesday. Lewis was one of two players who shot in double digits with 16 points. Never letting up, he made 6 straight points in the last five minutes of the game. This helped secure the win for VCU, as it was getting a little too close for comfort.
VCU will be practicing hard these next few days as they prepare for the 2013 Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic on NBC Sports Network. They may have a bit of an advantage as they play in the local Richmond Coliseum against state rival Virginia Tech at 5:30.
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