VCU had become the team that nobody wanted to play in the NCAA Tournament with their strong play over the past few years. Their ‘havoc’ defense can cause, well, havoc, but it was Michigan’s defense that set the tone on Saturday.
The Wolverines held VCU below 40% shooting from the field and under 20% from beyond the arc. And when VCU missed, Michigan cleaned up the glass getting 79% of the available rebounds on their defensive end.
But it wasn’t just a defensive show from Michigan. The Wolverines moved the ball well to find the open man, shooting 52% and recording 17 assists in the process. Big Blue turned in an overall team performance — something we really haven’t seen from them in more than a month — and coasted to an easy 78-53 victory.
The star of the show was Mitch McGary who had a double-double wrapped up early in the second half. He finished with 21 points (10-11 from the field) and 14 rebounds. Trey Burke chipped in 18 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III each added 14.
Michigan will take on the winner of tomorrow’s (1) Kansas vs. (8) North Carolina game in the Sweet Sixteen which takes place next Thursday and Friday.