|Akron||Z Marshall 13.0||D Treadwell 7.9||A Abreu 5.9|
|VCU||T Graham 15.5||J Reddic 8.3||D Theus 4.9|
No. 5-seeded Virginia Commonwealth matches up against 12th-seeded Akron in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday. It gets started at 9:45 p.m. ET and you can see it on CBS. The Rams are 3-0 against the Zips over the last four years. The last time they played they won 76-75 on Dec. 29, 2011.
In their last game on Mar. 17, Treveon Graham put up 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Rams in a loss to Saint Louis, 62-56. He leads the team in scoring average, scoring 15.5 points per contest. In a 65-46 blowout of Ohio on Mar. 16, Zeke Marshall put up 10 points and nine rebounds for the Zips. With 13.0 points per game and 3.7 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. One category in which Akron is especially proficient is offensive rebounding percentage at 38.0, ranking first in their conference (and 19th nationally).
- Virginia Commonwealth has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Akron (one vs. zero).
- Troy Daniels is ranked 6th nationally in three-pointers.
- Virginia Commonwealth has a stronger schedule than Akron this season (SOS Rank: No. 66 vs. No. 151).
- Virginia Commonwealth has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Akron (seven vs. zero).
- Darius Theus is ranked 11th nationally in steals.
- Diaper Dandies love Virginia Commonwealth. Virginia Commonwealth has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Akron (2 vs. 0).
- AP voters think more highly of Virginia Commonwealth and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Akron (15 vs. three).
- Virginia Commonwealth has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Akron (five vs. two).
- The Virginia Commonwealth basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Akron (56 percent vs. 38 percent).
- Over the past 10 years, Virginia Commonwealth has had more players drafted by the NBA than Akron (two vs. zero).