User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
VCU routs Butler from start to finish

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Troy Daniels scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half and VCU's full-court pressure overwhelmed No. 20 Butler from the outset, leading the Rams to an 84-52 victory Saturday.

Advertisement
In a much anticipated rematch of their unlikely meeting in the national semifinals in Houston in 2011, the Rams (23-6, 11-3 Atlantic 10) dominated, forcing 14 turnovers in the first half, one more than Butler's average for a game, and converted them into 24 points on their way to a 45-21 lead.

Butler (22-7, 9-5) scored the first seven points after halftime to close within 17, but Briante Weber and Treveon Graham each scored five points in a 10-4 run and it was pretty much over, allowing the Rams to clinch one of the top four seeds in the conference tournament later this month.

Roosevelt Jones scored 14 points and Khyle Marshall had 13 for Butler as coach Brad Stevens substituted liberally over the last several minutes. The Bulldogs finished with 23 turnovers, matching their season high, and they led to 34 points for VCU. The Rams had eight turnovers leading to two Butler points.

Anticipation was high before the game, with some students even sleeping in tents outside to be sure to get their pick of seats once the doors opened, and once the ball was tipped, VCU was at its best.

The Rams, who didn't press with near the intensity they do now when the teams met in Houston, seemed to overwhelm Butler right from the outset. The Bulldogs turned it over on three of their first five possessions, three straight again a short time later and then again midway through the half.

The Rams, meanwhile, used all the extra possessions and the combination of Juvonte Reddic down low and Daniels from the outside - sometimes way outside - to pour on the offense as the Siegel Center grew deafening. In a 28-8 run, Reddic scored nine points and Daniels had 11, including consecutive 3-pointers and then three free throws when he was hit while launching another shot from about 26 feet.

Butler seemed to figure the pressure out briefly, pulling within 31-17 on top scorer Rotnei Clarke's first field goal, a 3-pointer with 4:46 left, but 3-pointers by VCU's Rob Brandenburg and Graham and three more turnovers by the Bulldogs highlighted a 14-4 run to make it 45-21 at the half.

Graham, whose 3 was his first basket of the game, Reddic and Weber all scored 11 points for the Rams.

---

Follow Hank on twitter at: http://twitter.com/hankkurzjr

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Wildcats beat Aztecs 61-59 for Maui title
Hoyas escape No. 18 Florida, 66-65
Butler knocks off No. 5 UNC, 74-66
Wisconsin dominates UAB, 72-43
Oklahoma tops No. 22 UCLA, 75-65
Purdue nips BYU 87-85 in OT
Louisville outlasts Cleveland State, 45-33
Duke routs Furman 93-54 behind Okafor
Marist holds off Fresno State 68-64
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAA BK College Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA BK  Hot Streaks
18-7 L2 Days, +2,569 This Year
7 G-Play Wins in a Row
5-0 L5, 9-2 L11 CBK Streak
10-3 Guarantees This Year
12-3 L15 Picks, 9-2 L11 G-Plays
12-6 CBK Picks L3 Days
10-2 L12 Guaranteed Plays
20-12 Last 32 CBK Run
3-0 L3, 7-2 L9 Selections
NCAABK College Basketball Expert Sports Picks- Georgetown Hoyas vs Wisconsin Badgers
2014 CBK SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2569
Doc's Sports + 755
Michael Black + 718
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1083
Michael Black + 755
Greg Smith + 592
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Scott Pritchard 100 %
Greg Smith 75 %
Doc's Sports 72 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 675
Kyle Hunter + 675
Michael Black + 595
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Tony Stoffo + 160
Kyle Hunter + 155
Andy Iskoe + 100
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 820
Tony Stoffo + 595
The Gold Sheet + 555
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy NFL Perfect Lineup Contest