VCU had a full half of its round of 64 match-up against Akron to think about its next opponent on Thursday evening, given the game was pretty much over at the break. The Rams took a 25-point lead on the Zips and never looked back, winning in impressive fashion, 88-42.
VCU’s famed “havoc” defense is often described as a full-court press, but it is perhaps more accurately described as a blitz. The Rams are relentless and the stats show it: They force the highest percentage of turnovers and cause steals on a higher percentage of possessions than any team in the country. Smart’s game plan will hinge on forcing Michigan to be something its not: turnover prone. (Photo: Bryan Fuller)
“It would be great to get it out of (Trey Burke’s) hands, but we know he usually has it in his hands,” VCU sophomore Briante Weber said after his team’s win over Akron. “We just want to pressure him and make him see that he has four other guys checking him as well.”
His teammates echoed that sentiment, saying ...