No. 1 Kansas (35-2) vs. No. 11 Virginia Commonwealth (27-11)
Time: 2:20 p.m. CT
Place: San Antonio
Mascot Fight: Jayhawk vs. Ram. Not fair since a jayhawk is a fictitious bird. But the ram wins.
Line: KU by 11
Thoughts: The game is close provided VCU continues with its 3-point shooting so far in this tournament - 41-of-96, 42.7 percent. If the Rams are doing that, they can win this game. At this point, considering the caliber of teams VCU has defeated, how can you really doubt the Rams' run? Like nearly every other opponent VCU has faced in this tournament, Kansas is bigger, deeper, more athletic, should win. And Kansas should win. The Morris twins are the most dominant interior factors left in this tournament. No one left can matchup with them. VCU was out-rebounded 45-25 by Florida State in the Sweet 16. That figure will likely be duplicated today, or close to it.
It all depends if Kansas starts to feel it, and has one of those bad games every team eventually does in a tournament run. This will be a closer game than people expect, primarily because VCU is going to play harder than any team KU has seen.
Pick: Kansas by 3.
- Mac Engel
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