Assessing the soaring Sooners, an unheralded freshman, more mailbag

Wednesday January 29th, 2014
Jordan Woodard has been a key leader in Oklahoma's offense this season, averaging 11.3 points per game.
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The answer, quite obviously, is yes. Barring a collapse, VCU will be in the NCAA tournament. The only questions will be where it is seeded and how far it will advance. The problem for VCU has always been that, as good as its "havoc" fullcourt press can be, if a team is able to handle that press and force the Rams to execute in the halfcourt, they can be just another team. VCU is ranked 110th in offensive efficiency and 132nd in three-point percentage. Those would not be problems if senior forward Juvonte Reddic can play like an Atlantic 10 player of the year candidate, but so far he has not done so consistently (although his 27-point, 15-rebound performance in Saturday's win at La Salle was encouraging). The Atlantic 10 is just strong enough to help VCU get enough high-quality wins, yet it is not so deep that it would send the Rams into a losing streak that would jeopardize their chances at a bid. We'll have to see how it all plays out, but for the time being, we can rest assured that VCU will be in the field of 68.

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