2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 5 VCU vs. No. 12 Stephen F. Austin
The VCU Rams will enter this game as the favorites, but Stephen F. Austin has the much better record. The Lumberjacks are 31-2 on the season. That’s ridiculous. The Rams enter the tournament with a 26-8 record.
It seems like the Rams make the dance every year now. Like some of their teams in the past, this one has the talent to make a deep run. However, it has to get by the infamous No. 5 vs. No. 12 seed matchup first.
What to Watch For
Treveon Graham and Juvonte Reddic are the two best players on VCU. Graham is averaging 15.7 points per game and Reddic is averaging 12 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game. These two players should get most of the attention going into the game, but I am sure the Lumberjacks’ impressive record will get some buzz. The Rams do have other good players, though.
Deshaunt Walker may not lead the team in scoring, but he can certainly shoot the long ball. He has made 79 threes on the season and is going to need a few just to keep the Lumberjacks in this game.
Stephen F. Austin has won 28 games in a row. It only takes one loss to knock it out of the 2014 NCAA tournament and that is what I am predicting. VCU entered the season by being ranked in the top 25. This was supposed to be one of its best teams yet, but the Rams have not met expectations. They have been great as of late and seem to be finally hitting their stride, though.
VCU 65 Stephen F. Austin 51