Last night, the Mountaineers advanced to the semifinals of the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic with a 79-71 victory over the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. Their opponent in the semifinal round, VCU, also advanced with an 85-69 win over Utah State.
The VCU Rams represent Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, Virginia. They are led by Mike Rhodes, who is in his fourth season with the team.
The Rams finished with an 18-13 record for the 2019-2020 season, as well as an 8-10 record in conference.
In their season opener, they shot lights out against the Aggies. As a team, the Rams shot 52.8% from the floor, including 41.7% from three. However, they struggled to make an impact rebounding the ball, losing the overall battle 28 to 35, while only nabbing four offensive rebounds.
Though they are no dumpster fire, VCU is a team that the Mountaineers should be able to put away in the second half. They have enough talent to make it interesting early, but the star power of the Mountaineers will wear down the outmanned Rams in crunch time.