St. Mary’s may have been in the #1 seed discussion if they didn’t share the West Coast conference with Gonzaga. They dominated the rest of the conference, but just fell flat on their face when they faced the Zags.
VCU has made a name for themselves in the NCAA Tournament. Many young coaches have went on to find jobs at bigger programs after having tournament success with the Rams.
Can VCU upset St. Mary’s in Salt Lake City?
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The St. Mary’s Gaels beat every team in the West Coast conference not named Gonzaga. Just like nearly every other team in Division-I, they couldn’t figure out the riddle to beating the Zags. Jock Landale is their best player and will be playing in the NBA one day. He’s a seven footer has all the skills you want in a big man. Rebounds are hard to come by when Landale boxes out the opponent.
The Virginia Commonwealth Rams have made some historic runs in the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Will Wade hopes to farther than their second-round exit a year ago. The Rams have a nice inside-outside offense with JeQuan Lewis running the offense and Justin Tillman pounding the rock in the paint. That duo had a lot of success in the Atlantic 10 this season.
I can’t wait to see this game. Jock Landale and Justin Tillman will be a fun battle to watch. They may not be guarding each other, but they will both be fighting for the same rebounds. Landale has a few inches on Tillman, but the VCU forward is athletic. I have to take St. Mary’s to win this first round match-up.
Prediction: #7 St. Mary’s Gaels
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.