Seemingly every NCAA Tournament turns some mid-major coach into a star, and this year is no different. In a normal year
Coach Smart teaches an unorthodox style of basketball which he nicknamed "havoc." His teams press the entire game and then thrive offensively in open court, busted play situations. When it works it’s impressive to watch and they can play with anyone in the country (ask USC,
Radio and TV has been abuzz about VCU, and have been spreading some mistruths. Despite what you’re hearing the talking heads claim, VCU does not operate at a high tempo, nor do they play particularly good defense. While FSU drew two crawling teams in the opening rounds, VCU plays slightly faster but still comes in at 201st in the country. Only once in the past 26 games have they played a 70+ possession contest (compared to 10 for FSU over the same timespan). Defensively they come in ranked 111th. The other 15 teams remaining all rank in the top 75.
So what have they done right in order to make the Sweet 16? First, after being seeded into a play-in game, the beat an average
So in 80 minutes of basketball they've outscored the 8th place Big East team and 2nd place Big Ten team 168-132. (I’ll resist a ‘VCU Shaka’d the World’ comment). If VCU continues at this pace it's likely that FSU will become their 4th straight Big 6 victim.
So what will a VCU/FSU game likely look like? And what do the VCU players bring to the court? Tune in this week for in-depth coverage of FSU's first Sweet 16 game since the big screen premier of Jurassic Park.