Odds have it, at the outset of the NCAA Tournament, you had never heard of Head Coach Shaka Smart, and you probably couldn't have named any of the players on the VCU Rams. Heck, did you even know that VCU's mascot was a ram? But now, some players are really becoming household names after leading the runners up in the CAA to the doorstep of the National Championship Game, and here at BetUS Sportsbook, we take a look at those men that could help VCU beat the Final 4 odds on Saturday.
Jamie Skeen is absolutely the type of player that could play for a Big Six conference school. Heck, he already proved it when he was with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons for a couple of years. Skeen just flat out dominated the paint against the Kansas Jayhawks in the Elite 8, coming up with 26 points and 10 rebounds in the biggest game in his career.
This bears repeating: Skeen put up 26 points and 10 boards on the Kansas Jayhawks. Not the Purdue Boilermakers and their lack of a low post game. The Kansas Jayhawks. Arguably the No. 1 team in the country. The team with Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris, both of which are going to probably one day be lottery picks in the NBA Draft.
Skeen is averaging 15.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, but he has clearly proven his worth both as an inside player, and as an outside shooter. He knocked down five triples against KU to baffle the Morris twins as well.
This isn't a one man show by any stretch of the imagination, though. VCU just knocks down three point baskets left and right, and it has already hit a whopping 49 shots from downtown in just five games in the dance.
The two men doing the most damage from long range are Bradford Burgess and Brandon Rozzell, the second and third leading scorers on the team. Beating the Final 4 odds on Saturday means hitting a ton of triples at a high conversion rate, and these two men are both beyond 40 percent from the land of trey.
Burgess was the man that really went off against the Florida State Seminoles and their long, lanky defense in the Sweet 16, accounting for 26 points. Rozzell did his damage against the Georgetown Hoyas in the first round, accounting for 26 points in just 28 minutes in that romp. Still, he has reached double digits in all three games since that point, and he'll be the sparkplug off the bench that Coach Smart counts on to help his team beat the Final 4 odds.
Joey Rodriguez is worth watching as well. This youngster won't dazzle you on the stat sheet, but he makes some incredible passes and sets up all of his teammates like no other man in this tournament. This is a kid that can play and play at a high level. Don't believe us? Just ask his high school teammate, Chandler Parsons.