#7 VCU to face #10 Ohio State in Portland

7th-seeded VCU will face 10th-seeded Ohio State in Portland on Thursday at 4:40 PM.

March provides no rest for the weary. The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee announced the bracket for the 2015 NCAA Tournament on Sunday evening.

7th-seeded VCU will face 10th-seeded Ohio State at 4:40 PM on Thursday in Portland, Oregon. The winner will face the winner of #2 Arizona vs. #15 Texas Southern on Saturday.

Ohio State (23-10, 11-7) finished 6th in the Big Ten this season behind freshman of the year D’Angelo Russell. He’s a 6-foot-5 point guard who averaged 19.3 PPG (128-259 2PFG, 90-217 3PFG, 112-147 FT), 5.6 RPG, 5.1 APG, 1.6 SPG and 2.9 TOPG, and is expected to be a top-5 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

VCU is the first team from Virginia to make the NCAA Tournament five consecutive times. During those five trips, the Ram faithful have been forced to earn their share of frequent flier miles.

Year Location Distance
2011 Chicago, IL 850 miles
2012 Portland, OR 2,870 miles
2013 Auburn Hills, MI 680 miles
2014 San Diego, CA 2,890 miles
2015 Portland, OR 2,870 miles

Regardless of location, Thursday is about match-ups. For VCU, the Buckeyes are a tough opponent. D’Angelo Russell presents a truly unique hurdle. Ken Pomeroy picks Ohio State to win 70-69 with a 56% chance of victory. Ultimately, VCU’s fate will be decided by which VCU team shows up. If the inspired Atlantic 10 Tournament champion Rams show up, then they have a chance to beat almost any team in the field.

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