Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Virginia Commonwealth didn’t deserve its at- large bid into the NCAA Tournament?
Tell that to Georgetown.
Brandon Rozzell scored 26 points, Joey Rodriguez had 17 and No. 11 seed VCU became the first two-time winner in this year’s NCAA Tournament, rolling to a 74-56 victory over Georgetown that has the Rams moving on to the third round.
Making its first at-large appearance in the NCAAs since the 1983-84 season, VCU (25-11) advanced to face battle-tested Purdue, the No. 3 seed in the Southwest Region, on Sunday.
Of course, the Rams had already won a game before toppling Georgetown on the United Center hardwood Friday night.
Perhaps motivated by the hurlyburly surrounding their selection, they pulled away in the second half for a 59-46 victory over Southern California in a “First Four” game on Wednesday night.
Momentum may have been their biggest advantage.
Entering the game, the sixth-seeded Hoyas (21-11) hadn’t played since getting bounced from the Big East Tournament by Connecticut nine days ago — and they hadn’t won a game in 27 days.
One streak ended against VCU. Unfortunately for the Hoyas, the other one didn’t.
Making its fifth appearance in the NCAAs in seven years under head coach Jon Thompson III, Georgetown was led by 26 points from Hollis Thompson and 10 from Austin Freeman.