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Zips basketball: Three observations of VCU's rout of Zips

By George Thomas Published: March 22, 2013

To be fair the Zips were down essentially three guys because of various reasons.  Brian Walsh and Pat Forsythe, roomates at the team hotel, dealt with the flu prior to the game. Deji Ibitayo had back issues.  Walsh's points could have helped were he healthy.  But the primary thing they provided was fresh bodies to help deal with team fatigue aused by VCU's press.  By five minutes into the second half, the Zips were noticeably sucking wind.  A few more bodies couldn't have hurt.  Overall, however, it's tough to see how they win even with those three.  Here are three reasons why?

  • Pressure:  The VCU Rams' havoc defense was all that and then some forcing 22 turnovers including 11 steals.  There were a couple of 10-second violations and more than a few unforced turnovers on the Zips part. 
  • The Rams went right at perceived strengths.  They broke the Zips frontcourt with their speed and Juvonte Reddic took his game directly to center Zeke Marshall.  Marshall confessed that the pressure did its job in tiring the team out.  It allowed Reddic to take him for some easy scores.
  • Rebounding:  The Zips absolutely had to win this battle and should have.  The Rams aren't known for being a rebounding eams, but they dominated this battle 36-29 for the game and 23-20 on offensive boards which gave the 10 second chance points. 

Player of the game:  Troy Daniels, guard for the Rambs, 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting, 6-of-11 from the floor and five rebounds.

Key moment:  A 17-3 run that put the Rams up 21-9 at the 13:13 mark in the first period.  They didn't look back after that.

Quote of the post-game:  “That might be one of the toughest tings in college basketball to face..  They are like bulldogs out there on defense.” - UA's Demetrius Treadwell on VCU's press.


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