Friday, March 16th, 2012 at 10:00 am  |  13 responses

Cinderella Part II? VCU Upsets Wichita State

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

VCU, the source of so many upsets in last year’s tournament, picked up the first one of this year’s tournament as it barely held on to beat Wichita State, 62-59.

Using its full court press, the Rams built up a nine-point lead at the half. But the Shockers made the adjustment and after chipping away at the deficit all half, took a 59-57 lead on a Toure’ Murry three-pointer with just over two minutes remaining.

The lead was short-lived, though, as the Rams’ Bradford Burgess answered with a three-pointer of his own on the next possession. Burgess finished with a game-high 16 points.

Wichita State had a chance to tie on its final possession, but a three-pointer from center Garrett Stutz did not fall. Stutz, who was the team’s leading scorer coming in, finished with 4 points on 2-for-11 shooting.

After the game, the Shockers head coach Gregg Marshall felt VCU was seeded too low.

From OregonLive.com:

“They’re a pretty good basketball team – pretty obvious,” Marshall said. “Forty-four teams in the country, I guess, are better than them. So that’s hard to imagine.”

VCU will look to continue its tournament magic when it plays Indiana on Saturday. The Hoosiers defeated New Mexico State 79-66 in their first game.

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  • http://sfjklf.com Jukai

    And my bracket looks sh*ttier and sh*ttier

  • JD

    im in a bracket pool with about 50 people and almost everyone had VCU winning

  • riggs

    messed up my bracket, and dont even let me get started on UCONN

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    It was a close game. I don’t see them getting past Indiana though.

  • mike

    Blame Stutz…missing lay ups

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Actually did really well yesterday lol I had VCU as I’m sure most people did. They aren’t sneaking up on anyone this year. Just because they are a 12 seed doesn’t really mean anything.

  • Fat Lever

    Shaka Smart has such a simple yet effective defensive philosophy that has worked for him. Keep yourself between your man and the basket at all times.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^what he said

  • toinefan88

    No upset here, I remember reading about VCU in Slam not too long ago.

  • logues

    i got vcu winning 2 games. although i had indiana out in the first round. my bracket looks good tho after first night, only games i got wrong were indiana and uconn. today might be a different story tho

  • vtrobot

    Shockers. Instead of #1 foam hands, their fans should have “shocker” foam hands.

  • abaci

    swing and a miss on my part

  • add

    is anyone really suprised that vcu beat wichita state, i mean cmon