1.) The Flying Dutchmen simply cannot survive this pace. VCU is up 48-33 and was ahead by as many as 17. Both the halftime deficit and the biggest first half deficit are the biggest the Dutchmen have faced in CAA games this year. The Rams have more bodies than the Dutchmen and embarked upon their half-ending 15-5 run with both Joey Rodriguez and Jamie Skeen on the bench. A change in defenses worked wonders in the second half Monday, but the Rams are having their way inside and outside against the Dutchmen zone, especially with Greg Washington out with three fouls.
2.) Charles Jenkins has been Charles Jenkins (15 points), but Mike Moore has to get involved for the Dutchmen to have a shot. Moore, who has scored in double digits in every CAA game this season and 11 straight overall, has just two points on 1-of-3 shooting. Jenkins can’t win this one by himself.
3.) Mo Cassara likes to say the Dutchmen have a good shot at winning if Brad Kelleher or Shemiye McLendon are hitting 3-pointers. Well, they’re 0-for-3 combined. Kelleher and McLendon fueled the comeback over James Madison, they’ll have to play big roles in the second half for the Dutchmen to mount another rally.
4.) Washington was outstanding when he was on the court in the first half (nine points on 4-of-6 shooting, three rebounds), but his track record suggests he’ll get that fourth foul soon. If so, the Dutchmen will need David Imes (two points, one rebound) to get untracked in a hurry.
5.) Jenkins is 20 points shy of tying Antoine Agudio’s school record. We’ll probably have to sacrifice seeing the record-breaker in person in order to get a W tonight. Whatever it takes, Wolf.