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The Rams are not a team loaded with superstars. They're not even a team loaded with experience. They lost a handful of key players from last year's Cinderella team, and the only reason they were able to make it back to Big Dance is because the new guys stepped up and performed as the season went along.
Regardless, here are two players that absolutely must step up in the NCAA tournament.
Bradford Burgess is easily the most important player on this Rams team. In addition to being their leading scorer, Burgess is the Rams' most experienced starter.
Burgess wasn't quite as effective in 2011-2012 as he was in 2010-2011. He averaged fewer points per game, and he saw his shooting percentage take a sharp decline.
The most troubling part of Burgess' season is the fact that his three-point shooting wasn't sharp at all. He had his moments, but he ended the season shooting just 36.6 percent from distance. He shot better than 43 percent from distance last season.
Burgess will have to do better from three in order for the Rams to make another run through the tournament. It's also imperative for him to be a leader on a team filled with inexperienced players.
Juvonte Reddic was a bit player in his freshman season at VCU, averaging roughly 11 minutes per game and generally making a minimal impact.
This season, Reddic emerged as one of VCU's most important players. He was the team's leading rebounder, and the team's second-leading scorer behind Burgess.
Reddic will not be participating in the three-point fun in the NCAA tournament. That's not his style. His M.O. is to pick up points in the paint, including garbage points off missed shots from VCU's shooters.
Reddic is going to face some tough competition as VCU advances further and further into the tournament, so he better be ready to play his very best basketball.