VCU vs. Michigan: Full Game Preview

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VCU vs. Michigan: Full Game Preview
VCU
(27-8, 8-5 away)
(10) Michigan
(27-7, 22-1 home)
Venue: The Palace of Auburn Hills
12:15PM ET / 9:15AM PT, March 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
VCU T Graham 15.2 J Reddic 8.2 D Theus 4.9
Michigan T Burke 18.8 M McGary 5.6 T Burke 6.7

No. 5-seeded Virginia Commonwealth takes on No. 4-seeded Michigan in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday. It gets started at 12:15 p.m. ET and you can catch it on CBS.

In their last outing, behind 23 points and five rebounds from Troy Daniels, the Rams blew out Akron 88-42 on Mar. 21. In addition to his 12.4 points per game, he is also chipping in 3.1 rebounds per game. For the Wolverines, Glenn Robinson III put up 21 points and six rebounds in the 71-56 win over South Dakota State on Mar. 21. He contributes 5.4 rebounds per game in addition to his 11.0 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Michigan is strong in the following categories: turnover percentage at 14.3 and effective field goal percentage at 55.0.

Michigan StatSmack

  • The A-10 had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the Big Ten.
  • Virginia Commonwealth is ranked higher than Michigan in their conference (No. 2 vs. No. 4).
  • Darius Theus is ranked 11th nationally in steals.
  • Virginia Commonwealth players are more experienced than Michigan players (14,911 minutes played vs. 13,352 minutes played).
  • The Virginia Commonwealth blocks leader (Juvonte Reddic, 28 blocks) has more blocks than the Michigan blocks leader (Mitch McGary, 21 blocks).
  • Briante Weber is ranked 5th nationally in steals.
  • The Virginia Commonwealth three-point leader (Troy Daniels, 107 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Michigan three-point leader (Nik Stauskas, 71 three-pointers).
  • Virginia Commonwealth has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (72.9 percent to 59.2 percent).
  • Troy Daniels is ranked 6th nationally in three-pointers.
  • The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, free throws made, three-pointers, assists, steals, and blocks are in the A-10.
  • Virginia Commonwealth has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Michigan (one vs. zero).
VCU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Juvonte Reddic 28 14 8 1 1 1 2
B+ Treveon Graham 27 16 6 2 1 0 2
B Troy Daniels 27 12 3 1 1 0 1
B- Darius Theus 26 7 2 5 3 0 2
B- Rob Brandenberg 24 11 3 1 1 0 1
C+ Briante Weber 21 5 3 3 3 0 1
C+ Melvin Johnson 17 7 2 1 1 0 1
C- Jarred Guest 10 2 2 0 1 0 1
C- Justin Tuoyo 7 1 1 0 0 1 0
D+ Teddy Okereafor 9 1 1 2 1 0 1
D+ D.J. Haley 8 2 2 0 0 1 1
D+ David Hinton 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
MICH Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A+ Trey Burke 35 19 3 7 2 0 2
B+ Tim Hardaway Jr 34 15 5 2 1 1 2
B+ G. Robinson III 33 11 5 1 1 0 1
B Nik Stauskas 31 12 3 1 1 0 1
B Mitch McGary 17 6 5 0 1 1 1
C+ Jordan Morgan 18 5 5 0 1 0 1
C Jon Horford 9 2 2 0 0 1 1
C Caris LeVert 12 3 1 1 0 0 0
C- Max Bielfeldt 6 1 2 0 0 0 0
C- Spike Albrecht 7 1 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Blake McLimans 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Eso Akunne 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Matt Vogrich 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Corey Person 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
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