RAMS BLACK OUT BUTLER

VCU 84, Butler 52 (March 2, 2013)
It was appropriate that this game was marketed as a “black out”, complete with 7,500 black t-shirts, because VCU turned out the lights on 20th-ranked Butler early in this cathartic victory.

Two years early, Butler ended VCU’s magical NCAA Tournament run at the Final Four in Houston, Texas. In the rematch, VCU looked like a team that had spent two years preparing for revenge.

Briante Weber set the tone with an early steal and rim-rattling breakaway dunk as a raucous VCU crowd, described by some as the loudest in Siegel Center history, reached a fever pitch. Butler, coached by Brad Stevens, never recovered.

Troy Daniels led VCU with 20 points and the Rams overwhelmed the Bulldogs with full-court pressure to the tune of a 34-2 advantage on points off turnovers.