When is an underdog not an underdog? When you’re VCU. The Rams have been to six straight NCAA Tournaments; they’ve racked up 24 or more wins ten years in a row, and they have a new 25 million dollar practice facility. With credentials like that, it’s hard to be the little guy.
How much of a shock would it be if VCU knocked out Oklahoma today? None of the players would see it as an upset, and listening to their dynamic young coach Will Wade; he doesn’t think you should see it as an upset either. ” We view ourselves as one of the top 20, 25 programs in the country, and I think our winning record over a longer period has sustained that.”
In the postseason, the Rams are money. VCU has gone to the A-10 conference championship six times in a row. Oh, yeah, they reached the Final Four under Shaka Smart coming out of the play-in game. They should have swagger in the big dance. Senior Guard Melvin Johnson says “It’s about how we carry ourselves on and off the court before we even got here. We expect to win all season long, and we carry ourselves like winners.”
VCU is 10-9 against current members of the Big 12. OU Guard Jordan Woodard knows the Sooners can’t let the Rams aggressive pressing style dictate the pace. “We’ve just got to make sure we stay on our game plan and don’t let them throw us off our rhythm because I feel if we just stick to our game plan and execute we’ll be fine.”
Oklahoma is just 40 minutes away from a return trip to the Sweet 16. if they follow Jordan Woodard’s advice all’s well that ends well. Just be loose and free. Like Lon Kruger says play like you’re the underdog because according to VCU the Sooners might be just that.