NCAA Bracket 2011: VCU Rams Unstoppable in Rout of Georgetown Hoyas

Michael ClarkContributor IMarch 19, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 18:  Chris Wright #4 of the Georgetown Hoyas is injured in the second half against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Virginia Commonwealth won 74-56 in regulation.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The NCAA Championship run was short for Chris Wright and the Georgetown Hoyas, as the VCU Rams destroyed the six-seed, 74-56.

I predicted that Georgetown would come out ahead in this matchup, but was proven very wrong by the Ram's unbelievable shooting.

Georgetown looked like they hadn't played together for a long time. Georgetown hadn't won a game in nearly a month, and lost all cohesiveness that had led to their impressive mid-season run.

Chris Wright and Austin Freeman both underperformed, and none of the other Hoyas backed them up. I felt like Georgetown would have been rusty, but not to the point that they were.  

Not only did the Hoyas play poorly, but VCU was sharp, with great three-point shooting. If they shoot like this the rest of the tournament, the Rams will find themselves in Houston, though they may have also benefited from some skewed officiating.

Could Georgetown have won this game if they played well, given the hot shooting by the Rams? 

I think the answer is yes, and it would have been an epic battle.

Though the VCU Rams deserved to win this game, I doubt that they will be able to keep up the shooting from the outside. But, with the defensive pressure they can produce, they have a great chance of beating Purdue and giving Notre Dame all they can handle.

Looking back, the only thing I got right about this game was me fearing VCU more than I did USC.