March 23, 2013

RAMS' SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE WITH 78-53 LOSS TO MICHIGAN

The Basics:

  • Score: Michigan 78, VCU 53
  • Records: VCU (27-9), Michigan (28-7)
  • Location: The Palace of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, Mich.
  • The Short Story: Junior Juvonte Reddic scored 16 points and VCU forced National Player of the Year candidate Trey Burke into seven turnovers, but it wasn't enough as the Black & Gold saw its season come to a close with a 78-53 loss to fourth-seeded Michigan. Seniors Darius Theus, Troy Daniels and David Hinton wrapped up their careers as the winningest class in VCU history with 111 victories during the past four seasons.

How It Happened

  • Sophomore Treveon Graham scored VCU's first five points, including a 3-pointer from the corner to counter a strong start by Michigan and the Rams were within one at 6-5 just 1:31 into the game.
  • The teams would trade baskets for the next three minutes and a nice feed from Daniels to Reddic led to a dunk and had VCU within two at 13-11 with 15:27 remaining in the first half.
  • Graham and Reddic kept the Black & Gold in it early, but with Michigan's lead at just 18-17 with 10 minutes left in the first half, the Wolverines turned it on, finishing the half on a 20-6 run that gave Michigan a 38-23 cushion at the break.
  • VCU would come out of halftime on firing, forcing three straight turnovers from the Wolverines and getting within 11 on three occasions.
  • However, Mitch McGary scored seven straight points to help MIchigan pull away and eventually secure a berth in the Sweet 16.

Beyond the Boxscore

  • Daniels finishes the 2012-13 season with a school record 124 3-pointers, 32 more than any other season in program history. That also ranks fifth on the Atlantic 10 single-season three-pointers list. His 251 career three-pointers rank second in VCU history.
  • Theus' career comes to a close with 462 assists (sixth all-time at VCU) and 237 steals (tied for second all-time at VCU).
  • Daniels, Theus and Hinton helped the Rams become one of just eight schools in the country with an NCAA Tournament win in each of the past three seasons. VCU is joined by Ohio State, Kansas, Marquette, Syracuse, UNC, Gonzaga and Florida.
  • VCU's 422 steals this year is the 18th highest single-season total in NCAA history. That number is also the highest in school and A-10 history.

Quotables

Head Coach Shaka Smart

  • "I thought Michigan was terrific today and they played great every facet of the game, the guards, their big guys.  You know, they obviously were the much better team today.  And if they continue playing the way they did today, they got a chance to go a long way in this tournament."
  • "As for us, just was not our best game.  We didn't have quite the spirit or energy that we've had when we've been at our best.  I'm not sure why.  You know, we'll certainly watch the tape and analyze it.  But, again, a lot of it had to do with Michigan.  They were terrific."
  • "I do want to say I'm really proud of all of our guys, but particularly our three seniors.  They're the winningest class in VCU history.  They won more NCAA tournament games than anyone in the history of the program, and they're a huge, huge reason why we're even in a position to play today.  So proud of those guys.  It's too bad that their career had to end today the way that it did, but a lot of credit goes to Michigan."

 

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