Mar 17, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Virginia Commonwealth Rams guard Rob Brandenberg (11) reacts during the second half against the Saint Louis Billikens of the championship game of the Atlantic 10 at the Barclays Center. Saint Louis won 62-56. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

NCAA Tournament 2013: VCU Blows By Akron


The Akron Zips entered the 2013 NCAA Tournament wounded and unprepared for a run in the tournament. Unfortunately for the Zips, it showed. They ran into an unstoppable force in the second-round of the tournament when the VCU Rams came ready to play and showing no mercy for their opponent.

VCU showed off their defense, which forces the most turnovers in the nation,and put on an offensive clinic to beat the Zips, 88, 42.

Akron was reeling from the flu bug, fever and a starting point guard in legal troubles, so it comes as no surprise that the team was unable to put on the type of performance that they had hoped for.

[RELATEDDownload the 2013 NCAA Tournament bracket here]

In the next round, VCU will match up against No. 4 seed Michigan. In their second-round match up, the Wolverines steam rolled South Dakota State by a score of 71-56. The Wolverines will have a much tougher match up when they face off against Shaka Smart and the Rams on Saturday.

Will VCU be able to make another Final Four run or will their quest be stopped short by Michigan?

Be sure to stay tuned to FanSided.com throughout the entire tournament as we keep you up to date with the latest results. Will there be a Cinderella story in 2013? We will have to tune in and see.

Tags: 2013 NCAA Tournament Akron Zips March Madness Popular VCU Rams