Greetings from Portland , where—guess what—it’s raining. In fact, it hasn’t stopped raining since we got here on Tuesday night. It’s a beautiful place (in large part because of the rain), but my goodness it’s wet.
Wichita State vs. Virginia Commonwealth:
The key matchup is VCU’s pressure against WSU’s ability to break it. The Rams are going to press the entire game, they’re going to defend all 94 feet of the floor. How Joe Ragland and Demetric Williams handle the pressure will go a long way in deciding this one. VCU forces opponents into 18 turnovers a game and lead the country in steals. VCU needs to turn the Shockers over because they’re not a particularly good shooting team. The Rams hit just 41 percent of their shots, even though they get a lot of high percentage shots off of turnovers. Beyond that, they’ve been outrebounded most of the season. All of which gives the advantage to Wichita State.