Saturday was not as kind to the A-10 as the first three days of the NCAA Tournament had been.
Four seed Michigan gave five seeded VCU a taste of their own medicine on Saturday afternoon, as the NCAA Tournament games kicked off from the South Region. The Wolverines played as perfect as you could in a basketball game by blowing out VCU, 78-53.
VCU is a deep team, but some foul trouble and poor shooting was their undoing. They shot just 39.7% from the field (just 3-of-16 from the three point line) and committed 11 turnovers. VCU was also out-rebounded 36-22.
Troy Daniels and Rob Brandenberg shot a combined 6-for-24. Treveon Graham scored 11 points and Juvonte Reddic added 16 points in the loss. Briante Weber gave the Rams eight points off the bench.
For Michigan, Mitch McGary had dunk after dunk to score a game-high 21 points. He also hauled in 14 rebounds. Trey Burke scored 18 points and dished out seven assists, but he also committed seven turnovers. Glenn Robinson III, who had his jersey shredded by VCU defenders and had to change, scored 14 points and hauled in nine rebounds. Tim Hardaway, Jr also chipped in 14 points.
Saint Louis‘ magical season came to an end, as they lost to 12 seed Oregon, 74-57. Every time the Billikens would cut into the deficit, Oregon would make a nice play and the lead would build again. It didn’t help that they were down 35-19 at the half (though they only lost the second half 39-38).
Oregon is alot better than most 12 seeds, especially considering they won the Pac 12 Tournament and have their point guard back from injury. They are a very good rebounding team, which caused tons of problems for Saint Louis. The Ducks won that battle, 37-23.
Saint Louis’ defense, which was the best in the A-10, did force 18 turnovers (eight by EJ Singler), but they allowed the Ducks to shoot 52.9% from the field (and 60% in the first half).
The story of the game may have been three point shooting. Oregon was hot and Saint Louis was not. The Ducks made 8-of-11, with Damyean Dotson making 5-of-6. Saint Louis only made 3-of-21, with two of them coming in the final four minutes of the game.
Kwamaine Mitchell, the first Rick Majerus recruit at Saint Louis, saw his career come to an end with 18 points and five steals. Dwayne Evans scored 16 points and hauled in nine rebounds. Jordair Jett added 11 points off the bench.
For the Ducks, Dotson scored a career-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Singler chipped in 14 points and Carlos Emory scored 14 points.