Wichita State vs. VCU [Game info and open thread]
About Wichita State:
The Shockers (27-5) are arguably the top mid-major team in the nation this season. They beat out Creighton for the Missouri Valley Conference title, and only two of their losses this season came to non-tournament teams. They also have blowout wins over three tournament teams on their resume: Colorado, UNLV and Creighton. At 77.7 points per game, they are a high-scoring team, but no one player dominates the ball for the Shockers. Their leading scorer and rebounder is senior center Garrett Stutz. With the 7-foot Stutz in the middle, Wichita State is also one of the nation's best rebounding teams.
The Rams (28-6) likely needed to win the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament to get into the NCAA Tournament this year, and they did just that with a thrilling win, breaking the hearts of Drexel's fans. Shaka Smart's Rams will try and repeat what they did last year when they snuck into the tournament as an at-large No. 11 seed and got all the way to the Final Four. VCU doesn't stand out in any statistical category, but they are well-coached and have deep tournament experience. Their leading scorer is senior Bradford Burgess at 13.3 points per game.
What's at stake?
The winner plays the winner of No. 4 Indiana and No. 13 New Mexico State
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