Field Goal %
- VCU 39.7
- 51.7 MICH
Three Point %
- VCU 18.8
- 30.0 MICH
- VCU 11
- 12 MICH
- VCU 27
- 46 MICH
- Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326
- Line: MICH -2.5
- 0th Half
Mitch McGary scored 21 points on 10-11 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds. The last Big Ten player with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 90% or better from the floor in a Men's Basketball Championship game was Michigan State's Magic Johnson in the 1979 Final Four vs Pennsylvania.
VCU scored 10 points off 12 Michigan turnovers in its 78-53 loss Saturday, the third-fewest points off turnovers the Rams have scored in a game this season and their fewest since scoring six in a 67-58 loss to Duke on Nov. 23. VCU entered the Men's Basketball Championship averaging 24.3 points off turnovers, more than any team from a Big Six conference. VCU is now 0-8 this season when forcing fewer than 15 turnovers.
Michigan outscored VCU 27-4 in transition in its win Saturday. The Wolverines' 27 transition points are a season high and the Rams' 23-point transition differential is their worst of the season. Glen Robinson III and Trey Burke led the way for Michigan, scoring 22 of their 27 transition points. The Wolverines are now 10-1 when they score at least 20 transition points, with the one loss coming at Indiana on Feb. 2.
VCU Rams - Worst Losses Under Shaka Smart
Opponent Margin Score Today Michigan 25* 78-53 2/15/2011 George Mason 20 71-51 11/18/2009 Western Michigan 16 83-67 11/17/2011 Seton Hall 15 69-54 2/19/2013 Saint Louis 14 76-62 *VCU's Worst Loss Since Jan. 25, 2003 vs UNCW (81-50)
With Michigan's win over VCU, the NCAA Tournament is without all four 5-seeds heading into the Sweet 16. Though this was also the case last season, before that it had only happened twice since the field expanded to 64 in 1985 - the 1991 and 1992 tournaments.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams told ESPN he hasn't been asked to attend the NCAA's Division 1 Committee of Infractions hearing and is optimistic he won't need to go.
Villanova freshman Omari Spellman will sit out the upcoming season as an academic redshirt after the NCAA determined that he did not complete his initial eligibility requirements in time.
You know it's coming: A team outside the power group will rise and make some serious noise. It's never too early to look at the possibilities.