There isn’t a whole lot to say about either the football win over UT-Chattanooga or the hoops loss to Virginia Commonwealth, but I’ll say something anyway:
Okay, that was a little closer than I would have liked. Make that a LOT closer than I would have liked. Quite frankly, The Citadel should have beaten the Mocs easily, but the TD off the blocked field goal seemed to completely change the tenor of the game. The woeful Mocs seemed to suddenly realize that instead of being whipped like they had been in their previous eight games, they had a chance to actually win, and they played that way. Conversely, The Citadel played like a team that didn’t know how to win. Fumbling inside the five-yard line, throwing a pick in the end zone (immediately following a Chattanooga turnover) – it was looking like one of the more demoralizing Homecoming losses ever.
Thankfully, Andre Roberts wouldn’t let that happen. The best player The Citadel has had in the last 15 years (if not longer) returned a punt for a TD with less than 2 minutes to play, and the Bulldogs hung on for a much-needed victory.
At least The Citadel won’t be overconfident when it plays Florida this Saturday…
VCU is good
Losing 82-59 was about what I expected. Thirteen Bulldogs saw action in this game, with ten of them playing for at least eight minutes, and six getting seventeen minutes or more. Last season the Rams were the best team in the country defending the three, and thus it’s not surprising they managed to hold The Citadel to 29% shooting behind the arc. The Citadel committed an unacceptable 21 turnovers (in a higher than normal 72 possessions). VCU had 12 steals in the game and blocked 5 shots. The Bulldogs’ defense was lacking again, as VCU shot 53% from the field, including 47% from 3-land. The Rams scored 82 points on 71 possessions and had four players score in double figures.
Positives: The Citadel was outrebounded by six, which wasn’t that bad (although VCU had 11 offensive boards). The Citadel also had a good night from the foul line, both in terms of shooting percentage (87%) and getting to the line in the first place (a FTM/FGA of 25%).
John Brown didn’t play, which I thought was curious, considering he started against Grace Bible College.
Next up: a home game against Iowa.