Brooklyn, NY- Shaka Smart charts the quality of his team’s shots. By his self devised category, the VCU mentor felt Rob Brandenberg’s three point attempt with just over a minute left was the lowest on the FGA ‘food chain’. With the shot clock expiring Brandenberg came up nothing but net. It pushed VCU to a seven point lead with a minute to go… The proverbial dagger.
The pace was in line for VCU’s ‘havoc’. It was a 75 possession affair. Another definitive number came in turnover rate. VCU forced the Minutemen into a 32 percent TO rate. While Smart feels his team did not shoot well, they did match UMASS with a 41 percent effective field goal mark. Of greater importance was the Ram’s ability to care for the ball with a very impressive 11 percent turnover rate.
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