(CBS New York)- The Atlantic 10 will be one of the last conferences to hand out its automatic bid when VCU meets St. Bonaventure in the tournament championship game on Sunday, March 14 on CBS. The top two seeds entering the tournament, the Rams and the Bonnies are both strong defensive teams, but they approach that side of the court in different ways. “They’re different. All of their forwards are almost identical to VCU’s.”
Both styles have worked well with VCU ranking ninth in Ken Pomeroy’s Adjusted Defensive Efficiency ratings while the Bonnies check in at 19th. With two teams this dominant on the defensive side, Gomes’ eye is turned towards the three point line as a potential determining factor.
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“It’s going to come down to of course the defensive side of the ball, which wins championships we know. I think offensively, with two teams that are like this, whichever team can get in a good rhythm scoring the ball. It’s going to come down to the three point shooting,” said Gomes. “Both teams shoot the ball pretty decent, nobody is extremely better than the other. We know they’re going to bring it on defense. I think it’s going to be an offensive side of the ball kind of game. I think whatever team wins the three point line battle will win the game.”
The Bonnies have been better from deep as a team and their most dangerous threats are Jaren Holmes and Dominick Welch.