Virginia Commonwealth University is the team in Richmond to watch because they're still winning. Of course they are because they play together and have that stifling concept called togetherness: it's radical I know. Team sports promote togetherness as well as focus and group thinking. The Rams are thinking like a group, like a goal-directed group. Whatever coach Smart is putting in the Gatorade it's working.
They last lost a game in the Bahamas in November and that was a nail-biting contest that was decided in the last minute, really the last seconds. I heard someone opine--that's a funny sounding word, I know--that all the teams that beat VCU this year have now lost a game. With all the cross-referencing that sports analysts apparently do that means that someone has now figured a way to put VCU in the top 25 of some poll. I think being upgraded to a more respected affiliation--the Atlantic 10 Conference that is--has something to do with the Rams making it to the top tier. There are probably now--more than last year-- more coaches against whom VCU plays who have votes in these major polls.
Duke, Missouri and Wichita State have now all lost a game so let the beauty and, of course, the confusion of hybrid logic begin...we can all get mad about the injustice of being downgraded in the minds of voters in the polls simply because of a conference affiliation. That was yesterday. Today and tomorrow it surely appears that if the Rams win then the votes will come.
St Joseph's University, who comes into the Siegel Center this Thursday, was picked by many to be the best in the A-10 so the test will be real this week. The urgency of the moment in practice this week will be tangible and that determination is rewarded by the players seeing the full seats wherever they play.
Gotta' support the team!