2013 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 5 VCU vs. No. 4 Michigan

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The Nate Wolters and Trey Burke show did not turn out to be the high-scoring affair that we all hoped for, with both players combining for 16 points. However, Burke’s No. 4 Michigan Wolverines came up on top.

Michigan will play the No. 5 VCU Rams in the third round. After what VCU did to the No. 12 Akron Zips, you have to kind of feel bad for Akron. The Rams only won by the score of 88-42.

What to Watch For

What’s there not to watch? On Michigan you have Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. Glenn Robinson III, Nik Stauskas and Mitch McGary. However, Hardaway Jr. and Burke can turn a game around in a hurry. Burke is almost averaging 20 points per game on the season, despite his lowly six points in the second round and Hardaway Jr. put up 21 points against Akron. Robinson III also put up 21 points.

The Wolverines can hit threes at will, but so can VCU.

Enter Troy Daniels. Daniels is a beast from behind the arc and he has made more than 100 threes on the year. He added five more to his total, shooting 5-7 from behind the arc against the Zips.

Both teams score the ball at a very high rate, although VCU is averaging more points on the year. This is going to be a great matchup that could be an absolute slugfest, with three-pointers being made left and right.

Prediction

Michigan has consistently been one of the best teams in the nation this year and although VCU has a very high-powered offense, the Wolverines have just as good of one. The Wolverines do play in the Big Ten, which is known as a defensive conference, so just imagine how many points Michigan can score against teams outside of that conference.

Michigan 80 VCU 75

 

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