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Final Score: 78-53, Michigan
Key Factor: VCU's Offensive Ineptitude
Entering the Round of 32 matchup between Michigan and VCU, there was a strong backing for VCU to make another Sweet 16 appearance. The Wolverines had other plans.
Michigan destroyed VCU by 25 points.
The Rams' vaunted Havoc defense was offset by Michigan's balance and VCU's offensive ineptitude. When it was all said and done, reputations were forgotten and a statement was made.
Led by Big Ten Player of the Year Trey Burke, the Wolverines were the far superior team—a team capable of making a run to the Final Four.
Four Michigan players scored at least 14 points. Mitch McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Burke dropped 18 points and seven assists.
As for VCU, they shot 39.7 percent from the field, 18.8 percent from distance and dished out just six assists.
It may be closer if these two teams meet again, but Michigan made a statement—a statement that came in the form of a 25-point blowout.
It's something no honest evaluator saw coming.