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Hinton’s risk management professor kept calculating the chances of VCU winning each round of the tournament. The numbers never looked good. Hinton knows they don’t matter, for the team or for the man sitting on the end of the bench.

“You’ve always got to be ready,” said Hinton, who appreciates the broader view of the game the bench provides. “It’s easy to clown around or look over there and laugh and joke, but you’ve got to have that edge because you never know what will happen. When it happened, it’ll be a split second.”