“You have to battle entitlement,” Smart said. “It’s very, very easy to show up to the arena and say, ‘we got this.’ It doesn’t work that way. You have to make it happen. You have to play possession by possession. I think early in the game, we struggled with that a little bit.”
Allie-Cox never hesitated, lifting the ball over his head and fired, leaving bewildered looks on the faces of the VCU fans in attendance, but as the ball went through the nylon, the crowd erupted. The noise became deafening and the walls caved in on the Eagles.