Thursday, December 23, 2010

VCU, Radford wrap up pre-holiday sked

Call this the last roundup as after this game - one of only six on today's Division I schedule - the gyms will be silent, at least for games, until Monday's extremely light 3-game slate. None of the teams in Virginia will return to action until Tuesday. 

Virginia Commonwealth (4-5) at Radford (3-8), 3 p.m.
The Highlanders' record is a bit misleading as they are actually a 2-1 team in the rare instances when they've played at home. True, those victories were over Ferrum and Southern Virginia, but the loss was a 52-51 squeaker against Hampton. And while the atmosphere figures to be minimal in the Dedmon Center today unfortunately, women's basketball teams are used to that. Rams star Courtney Hurt (25.6 ppg, 13.6) rpg has been so consistently excellent that when evaluating VCU games, we've taken to focusing on everyone else. VCU players other than Hurt made only 11 of 41 shots in Monday's 59-57 loss to Liberty. That obviously needs to improve. Motivation may be an issue on both sides as the players all have tickets in hand, family to see and gifts to exchange. But both teams are also coming off losses so each one should want to go into the break in style. VCU 65, Radford 59

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