VCU Men's Basketball 2019 NCAA Tournament Capsule


VCU Rams

Atlantic 10 (25-7, 16-2)

VCU missed the NCAA Tournament last year for the first time since 2010. Most expected the Rams to miss out again, but Coach Mike Rhoades and company had other plans. The young Rams did not get off to a great start, but did show signs of their future with an early December victory at Texas. After that average 7-4 start to the season, VCU went 18-3 to finish the regular season.
Big Wins: 11/19 vs Temple (57-51), 11/24 Hofstra (69-67), 12/5 at Texas (54-53)
Bad Losses: 12/15 Charleston (79-83), 1/12 at Davidson (57-64), 1/23 at Rhode Island (65-71)
Coach: Mike Rhoades
Why They Can Surprise:
VCU’s impressive A-10 record was largely due to their strong defense. The opposition scores just 61.2 points per game and shoots a mere 38.2 percent from the floor. Much of the strong defense comes from the shot blocking abilities of Marcus Santos-Silva and Corey Douglas. That sophomore duo combine for 2.7 blocks per game and even the larger teams that face the Rams in the NCAA Tournament will not have an easy time attacking the basket when those two are in the paint. The defenders on the perimeter make plenty of big plays too, led by Marcus Evans and his 1.9 steals per game. Evans is also the team’s top scorer, averaging 13.8 points per game.
Why They Can Disappoint:
Coach Rhoades has consistently gone ten or 11 players deep this season and that keeps his players fresh. That is a big reason why the Rams can consistently play solid, aggressive defense. However, there are not many consistent scorers. When Santos-Silva is not on the floor, the frontcourt lacks a true offensive post presence. Issac Vann, a 6-6 forward, is a good scorer also, but is not a back to the basket scorer. The three-point shooting is a concern too. De’Riante Jenkins is the only consistent and prolific outside shooter and if he has an off day, VCU will struggle to create space for the other scorers to attack the basket.
Probable Starters:
Marcus Evans, Junior, Guard, 13.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.9 spg
De’Riante Jenkins, Junior, Guard, 11.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.1 apg
Issac Vann, Junior, Forward, 10.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg
Marcus Santos-Silva, Sophomore, Forward, 10.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.1 bpg
Sean Mobley, Sophomore, Forward, 4.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg
Key Role Players:
Corey Douglas, Sophomore, Forward, 3.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.6 bpg
Vince Williams, Freshman, Guard, 4.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg
Malik Crowfield, Junior, Guard, 3.5 ppg
Mike’L Simms, Junior, Guard, 4.7 ppg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 71.5 (207th in nation, 3rd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 61.2 (7, 1)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.4 (183, 6)
Field-Goal Defense: 38.2 (6, 1)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.2 (231, 8)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 30.6 (332, 12)
Free-Throw Percentage: 69.9 (196, 6)
Rebound Margin: 1.3 (142, 5)
Assists Per Game: 13.9 (133, 5)
Turnovers Per Game: 14.0 (271, 12)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2017NCAARound of 64 loss to Saint Mary's
2016NCAARound of 64 win over Oregon State
2016NCAARound of 32 loss to Oklahoma
2015NCAARound of 64 loss to Ohio State
2014NCAARound of 64 loss to Stephen F. Austin
2013NCAARound of 64 win over Akron
2013NCAARound of 32 loss to Michigan
2012NCAARound of 64 win over Wichita State
2012NCAARound of 32 loss to Indiana
2011NCAAOpening Round win over USC
2011NCAARound of 64 win over Georgetown
2011NCAARound of 32 win over Purdue
2011NCAARegional Semifinal win over Florida State
2011NCAARegional Final win over Kansas
2011NCAANational Semifinal loss to Butler
2010CBIFirst Round win over George Washington
2010CBISecond Round win over Charleston
2010CBISemifinal win over Boston University
2010CBIFinal win over St. Louis
2009NCAARound of 64 loss to UCLA
2008NITFirst Round loss to UAB
2007NCAARound of 64 win over Duke
2007NCAARound of 32 loss to Pittsburgh
*all team stats through 3/10