|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABIf anyone still doubted that the VCU Rams belonged in the NCAA tournament, look no further than last night's win over Georgetown. VCU was led by Brandon Rozzell who put in an amazing 6 three-pointers in his team's 74-56 win over the Hoyas, and four of their players made double figures on the road to that upset.
The VCU team was even more impressive, racking up 12 three-pointers in total. Rozzell came out of the game with 26 points, while Joey Rodriguez got 17 points and 7 assists. Putting up 12 points each were Bradford Burgess and Jamie Skeen. This was the first time ever that the Rams won more than one game in the tournament, and they came into the tournament with the No. 11 seed. Next, the team will go on to play No. 3 seed Purdue on Sunday in the Southwest Regional.
This was the worst loss the Hoyas have suffered since being eliminated by 24 points in the 1996 East regional final by the No. 1 seed Umass. The return of point guard Chris Wright for Georgetown could not keep their March Madness hopes alive, as he had a subpar night, shooting 3-for-13 for six points. Wright also took a shot to the head with less than 6 minutes in the game, necessitating a short break on the bench.
While the Rams came into the tournament having dropped five of their previous eight games, it seems that they have found another gear. They defeated USC in the “First Four” round on Wednesday night, then upset the No. 6 seed Georgetown Hoyas. VCU's 9-0 run, sparked off by a Rozzell three-pointer, at the end of the first half put the team on top for the rest of the game.
With a bad night from Wright, the Hoyas' offense never really got off the ground, and they made a number of sloppy plays. Despite having a considerable advantage in size, Georgetown had only six more rebounds than VCU. This has been the case since they lost Wright, as their offense has averaged just 51.5 points without him.