VCU Rams guard Briante Weber goes to the basket past Akron Zips guard Carmelo Betancourt in the second half during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at The Palace. Virginia Commonwealth won 88-42.
(USA TODAY) -- Five-seed VCU rolled over 12-seed Akron Thursday night, 88-42. It was a historic blowout with some interesting stats:
1. VCU's margin of victory was the largest in NCAA history by a team not seeded No. 1 or No. 2. (Update: Less than an hour after the VCU game, Syracuse beat Montana 81-34 and broke the record)
2. In six regular season losses, Akron lost by a combined 49 points. Against VCU, the Zips lost by 46.
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In terms of No. 5 vs. No. 12 games, the highest previous margin of
victory was 35 points, which last occurred when Tennessee defeated Long
Beach State in 2007. (via @kenpomeroy)
Akron had six more turnovers (21) than field goals (15). Overall, Akron
made just 26 shots from the floor and the free-throw line combined.
The Zips field-goal percentage wasn't even the lowest of the day! New
Mexico State, Marquette and UNLV all shot worse. Montana is likely to
fall beneath the 34% mark too. Midway through the second half, the
Grizzlies were shooting a woeful 18%.
VCU is 11-1 in tournament games (conference or NCAAs) under Shaka Smart
when playing on more than three days rest. The only loss? Against
Butler, in the 2011 Final Four.
7. Only twice in VCU's four
seasons under Shaka Smart has the team won a game by more than
Thursday's 46-point margin. Both those games were against teams with a
combined 20-43 record. In other words, they weren't NCAA caliber.
8. VCU beat Akron by more points (46) than Akron scored (42).