Thursday, March 21, 2013

VCU - Akron Tournament Facts

Here are some NCAA Tournament facts about VCU and Akron:

The 46-point victory by VCU is their largest in tournament history.  Their previous high was 18 done twice in 2011 vs. Georgetown in the Round of 64 and Purdue in the Round of 32.

The margin of victory was tied for the 9th largest in tournament history until Syracuse recorded a 47-point victory later tonight.  It is now the 10th largest.

It is also the biggest loss for Akron.  Their previous high was 13 vs. Gonzaga in 2009 and Notre Dame in 2011 both in the Round of 64.

The 42 points by Akron is the fewest that VCU has allowed in 23 tournament games.  Their previous low allowed was 46 vs. Southern California in the 2011 First Four.

The 88 points was their second most points scored only surpassed by 94 that they scored against Purdue in 2011.

With VCU winning, it is the second time in Atlantic Ten history that 4 teams have won a tournament game.  The other time was in 1993 when George Washington, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Temple each won.

Shaka Smart is now 7-2 in the tournament.

Akron is now 0-4 in the tournament.

Shaka Smart has the most tournament wins in VCU history with 6.

This is the 3rd time that VCU has been a #5 seed.  The other two times, they won their first round game in 1981 vs. Long Island-Brooklyn 85-69 and in 1983 vs. La Salle 76-67.

Akron has their highest seed at #12.  They have lost all three of their previous tournament games.  Their closest game was a 6 point loss to Michigan in 1986.  

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