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VCU's Final Four Run Due To Smart Shooting, Not Just A Hot Streak

VCU's run to the 2011 Final Four has a lot to do with the way it is shooting the ball from beyond the three-point line. The Rams are shooting nearly 44 percent from beyond the arc in their five victories, and have hit at least eight three pointers in every single game, with at least 12 in three of the five wins. You'd think that this was just some crazy hot streak, an aberration on the 37-percent three-point shooting percentage the Rams posted during the regular season.

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You'd think wrong, according to SB Nation's Mid-Major Madness. The site tracked all of VCU's three-point shots during the NCAA Tournament and found that a lot of these shots are open looks. The Rams are getting more threes off pick and rolls, which happen because defenses are collapsing into the lane and leaving shooters open. They're also exploiting the transition game more than they did in the regular season, and are also getting more three-point shots off the pass.

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Almost any shooter will tell you that these are the best conditions for shooting a high percentage. VCU isn't just on an unsustainable shooting run; it's creating better looks for itself and naturally capitalizing on them.

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