Matt Rum needs to wear a garter belt.
The Tribe's lone senior contributor, Rum's a glue guy, this year's Kendrix Brown. He leads the team in assists, while maintaining a stellar 1.8:1 assist to turnover ratio. His 4.9 rebounds per outing is good for third-best on the team, behind a pair of frontcourt players. He's second on the squad in steals, and leads W&M with an 84.2% success rate at the free throw line.
That last stat makes this one all the more perplexing, for you see, Rum can't hit water when he falls out of a boat from the field. (Tortured that one a bit, admittedly, but since we don't have editors, I get to run with it. Eat your heart out, Dave Fairbank.) He's made only 23 of his 77 attempts from the floor this season, good for 29.9% accuracy. After making over 37% of his three-point shots in 2011-12, Rum's only connecting on 28.6% this year. And those numbers are actually up over the past 5 games, in which he's knocked down 41.6% from the field and 45% of his threes. He's gone from putrid to merely bad. Though if the trend is to be believed, perhaps this correspondent is a bit slow on the draw. Or Rum's already sporting a pretty little teddy under his uniform.
The real Matt Rum is neither putrid nor merely bad as a shooter, as his junior campaign evidenced. And if the real Matt Rum joins the Tribe offense for the remainder of the season, a starting rotation with a wealth of offensive options becomes downright deadly.
So in the best tradition of Ebby Calvin LaLoosh, we've ordered Rum a green and gold lingerie set in advance of this afternoon's tilt at Hofstra. If he looks both a little bit embarrassed and really effective from deep, you'll know why.
As for his teammates, they head to Long Island on a four-game losing streak, red-assed from a particularly galling double-overtime loss at Towson, where they blew a 7-point lead in the last 1:18 of regulation. Hofstra's 4-11 and in the midst of one of the more miserable seasons in school history, on and off the court. The DutchPride are 1-1 in CAA, but are the kind of team that this W&M squad should handle easily.
Should. Could. Had better.