To be fair the Zips were down essentially three guys because of various reasons. Brian Walsh and Pat Forsythe, roomates at the team hotel, dealt with the flu prior to the game. Deji Ibitayo had back issues. Walsh's points could have helped were he healthy. But the primary thing they provided was fresh bodies to help deal with team fatigue aused by VCU's press. By five minutes into the second half, the Zips were noticeably sucking wind. A few more bodies couldn't have hurt. Overall, however, it's tough to see how they win even with those three. Here are three reasons why?
Player of the game: Troy Daniels, guard for the Rambs, 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting, 6-of-11 from the floor and five rebounds.
Key moment: A 17-3 run that put the Rams up 21-9 at the 13:13 mark in the first period. They didn't look back after that.
Quote of the post-game: “That might be one of the toughest tings in college basketball to face.. They are like bulldogs out there on defense.” - UA's Demetrius Treadwell on VCU's press.