There are a lot of ways to say you got jobbed and the way VCU was dealt with in the 2013 NCAA basketball tournament was unfair: the seeding may have been innocently conceived but it looks bad from the VCU fans perspective. VCU was very good last year and were ranked in the top 20 in the national polls or were leaning against the top 20 most of the year. They led D1 in steals and had a tough single-digit loss to Duke in the regular season.
It must have seemed unfair to have to go The Palace at Auburn Hills to play the number four ranked University of Michigan. On a more neutral court the Wolverines could have been dealt with. The site location essentially was a home game in Detroit for the Wolverines and a 1000+ mile odyssey for VCU. When I saw the brackets I knew that almost nobody–maybe not even Kentucky– could come into a Detroit suburb and beat this talented Michigan team: and no one did.
Michigan led by 15 points at half time and won by 25, 78-53. Michigan’s starting five played all but 14 minutes in the game and scored all but three of their points. Michigan shot 50.1% for the game compared to VCU who shot just under 40%.
Here are some photos from that UM blowout victory that looked fait accompli though I hoped for the best.
Rams chherleader with pom poms
Virginia Commonwealth University got an unfortunate draw playing UM in Detroit in the 2013 NCAA tournament, but this cheerleader is still gonna’ cheer.
Son of a gunner
Tim Hardaway, Jr. is one of a bunch of recognizable basketball names that basketball viewers from a generation ago would recognize: in this case the junior is the only addition.
A Wolverine is loose
Here’s a University of Michigan player in the lane: this sight was repeated often in the match up between VCU and the University of Michigan in The Palace at Auburn Hills.
Juvonte Reddic leans right
Forward Juvonte Reddic–one of Virginia Commonwealth’s reliable scorers–leans into his shorter University of Michigan defender in the lane to shoot a jumper.
Juvonte Reddic of VCU rises up for what will be an uncontested dunk in this moment from the third round NCAA tournament game at The Palace at Auburn Hills. Their opponent was the University of Michigan.
Trey Burke shoots one hander
The Michigan Wolverines were a daunting task for Virginia Commonwealth University in this third round game at The Palace at Auburn Hills. UM beat VCU, 78-53, in this game in which Michigan’s starters played almost the entire game.
Briante Weber looking at sideline
VCU point guard Briante Weber looks to the sideline to head coach Shaka Smart for defensive advice as he moves down court into a defensive mode. Weber who led the nation in steals in 2012-13 had two steals in the game.
Tim Hardaway, Jr. on offense
The University of Michigan had no problem finding shots against Virginia Commonwealth University in this third round game at The Palace at Auburn Hills.