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“If you want to say that these teams are better, VCU and UAB are better, you’re like no way. Not only did they not prove it in any way, shape or form.”
That was then -- this is now.
“And VCU is officially Cinderella. The 11-seed Rams absolutely dominated number three Purdue.”
After reeling off three upsets, no one is questioning if Virginia Commonwealth should be dancing anymore. Not only is VCU winning -- it’s doing so in dominant fashion.
A CBS sports reporter calls it proof the Colonial Conference team has the potential to win it all.
“VCU is playing like a powerhouse, swallowing up opponents on offense and spitting them out on defense. … If can keep up this pace … VCU can win the whole thing.”
Even Purdue coach Matt Painter thinks VCU has a chance to win the tournament.
“VCU can beat any team in the country on a neutral court, and I believe that, and I think you saw a little bit of that… I was hoping that team didn’t show up, but that team for VCU did show up.”
VCU fell apart at the end of its regular season, losing 5 of its last 8 games and finishing as the runner-up in the CAA conference. So how’d they turn it around? Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel offers up some theories.
“They don't have a JaJuan Johnson or E'Twaun Moore, but they do have ... a whole bunch of guys … that can run and press, knock down outside shots and get in your face. … Maybe it was getting everybody back healthy (Rozzell missed seven games with a broken hand). Maybe it was the fuel from all those critics that questioned their legitimacy.”
And the critics are still questioning. The Rams are making their first trip to the Sweet 16. Though they’ve beaten teams by an average of 13 points thus far in the tourney - an analyst for Fox Sports explains why he thinks VCU won’t make it to the Elite 8.
“Really Purdue didn’t even look like they showed up ... They did not look like the team that we thought they were going to be, so VCU I continue to question you. Prove me wrong, I continue to question you.”
It’s not as if VCU has another Goliath up next. Eleventh-seeded VCU will play 10 seed Florida State in the Sweet 16.
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