Georgetown vs USC/VCU: Preview & Prediction

    
March 15th, 2011
(6) Georgetown vs. (11) USC/VCU

Southwest Region - Chicago

March 18 - 9:50 TNT
 

Dayton is where this subregional will begin with USC meeting VCU on Wednesday night with the winner moving on to face Georgetown. Both teams have had their credentials questioned with the Rams being a frequent whipping boy along with UAB. But Shaka Smart has a very good basketball team that doesn't lack for experience, led by point guard Joey Rodriguez and forward Jamie Skeen. USC has a good frontcourt comprised of Alex Stepheson and Nikola Vucevic, and wing Marcus Simmons was the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. Tempo will likely determine the matchup with a quicker pace favoring VCU. As for Georgetown, the question is how rusty will point guard Chris Wright be after missing the last two weeks with a broken hand. It was painfully obvious how much the Hoyas missed him offensively with Austin Freeman getting little in the way of consistent help. Can Georgetown duplicate last year's first round exit? Sure, but they can also win a game or two if all members of the rotation contribute in some way.

 

Stars to Watch:

G Austin Freeman (Georgetown)

F Nikola Vucevic (USC)

G Joey Rodriguez (VCU)

 

Vegas Odds:

USC -4.5 (vs VCU. No line for subsequent game vs Georgetown yet.)

 

Predictions:

RealTimeRPI: VCU 67 - USC 65

KenPom: USC 68 - VCU 63

CollegeHoops.net Betting Pick: VCU

 

Faces Winner Of: Purdue vs St. Peter's