March Madness 2011 Predictions: Does USC Have What It Takes to Beat VCU?
March Madness 2011 Predictions Keep Rolling, But Can USC Stop VCU From Advancing?
The final play-in game in the 2011 NCAA tournament pits the USC Trojans against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams, in a battle for the Southwest's 11th seed. These two teams both made it into this year's tournament despite not winning their conference titles, and both have significant weaknesses.
The Trojans are led by big man Nikola Vucevic, who averages 17.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, but USC is no one-trick pony. Forward Alex Stepheson and guard Jio Fontain both average over 10 points per game, and the Trojans are getting hot at the perfect time to make a play for a March Madness Cinderella run.
But, they lack real depth, and considering they have more losses (14) than almost any other team in this year's dance, the Trojans are far from perfect. They struggled all season with their consistency, and own some nasty losses.
The Rams, meanwhile, come in scoring plenty of points (71.4 per game), and with a fairly balanced offense. Four players all average double figures, while six average more than five points per game for the run-and-gun Rams.
However, they lack many strong wins outside the Colonial Athletic Association, and they don't really have a strong post presence, getting outrebounded almost every game.
Even so, I feel like the Rams have what it takes to beat the power conference team in USC, and should move on to face Georgetown in the next round of the Dance.
Final Score: VCU 79, USC 74.
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