7:10 PM ET, March 20, 2011
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
CHICAGO -- Oh yeah, VCU belongs in the NCAA tournament. The real question now: Who can stop the Rams?Fresh, fast, furious and at times flawless, VCU didn't look a bit like a team playing its third game in five nights. The Rams pressured Purdue, broke through its defense for numerous layups, and overwhelmed the third-seeded Boilermakers of the Big Ten 94-76 Sunday night to earn their first trip to the round of 16.
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• VCU became the fourth team from the CAA to reach the Sweet 16.
• VCU's 18-point win is its largest ever in the NCAA tournament.
• Bradford Burgess led VCU with 25 points, his most in his past 19 games.
• Joey Rodriguez added 12 points and 10 assists for his third double-double of the season.
• Purdue lost for the first time in four NCAA tournament games played in Chicago.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||37-65 (.569)||30-67 (.448)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-21 (.381)||8-25 (.320)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-14 (.857)||8-11 (.727)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||13 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|
|» Mar 20, 2011||VCU 94, @PUR 76||Recap|
VCU and Marquette advance to the Sweet 16 as 11 seeds. Since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, this is only the 2nd time in history that two 11 seeds have gone to the Sweet 16. In 1985, Auburn and Boston College both advanced to the 2nd weekend but both lost to 2 seeds in the Sweet 16.
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