by David Cassilo / @dcassilo
It was the long-range shooting of the Rams that doomed Georgetown, as VCU went 12-of-25 from deep. Doing a lot of that damage was reserve guard Brandon Rozzell, who made 6-of-10 3-pointers en route to a season-high 26 points.
The Rams hot shooting and pressure defense was the perfect combination for the upset. After beating USC on Wednesday in the First Four, VCU is now the first team in this year’s tournament to win two games.
Despite the success, the Rams are still motivated by what they heard on Selection Sunday.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Cast as an unworthy at-large selection and just 48 hours removed from a first-round game, the 11th-seeded Rams vaporized the No. 6-seed Hoyas 74-56 victory at the United Center, turning the outrage over their inclusion into a barely audible grumble.
“Any time people disrespect you, especially on national TV, it kind of hurts,” VCU guard Joey Rodriguez said. “We had an opportunity to come out here and prove people wrong. Hopefully we keep it going.”
Next up for VCU is a date with a veteran Purdue squad. The Boilermakers had little trouble getting past St. Peter’s in the second round of the tournament. The Rams have advanced to the round of 32 six times in school history but have never gotten to the Sweet 16.