Being a University of Richmond alum (VCU's rival) and a huge Ohio State fan this is almost a dream matchup for me. I wish UofR beat them in the A-10 tourney and they somehow didn't make it into the NCAA tourney but o well. I would love nothing more that OSU to lay a beat down on them this Thursday.
Now as unbiased as I can be in this situation I think OSU has a very good chance at winning this game and getting the opportunity to lose to Arizona for a few reasons. One being that Brionte Weber is out and they ended the season 5-6 without him. Granted they went on a run in the A-10 tournament but he is a senior, emotional leader and he really helps them pull off their "Havoc" pressure D that they love so much. Second its gonna be important to posses the ball and get good ball control from our guards. When they get turnovers they convert easy buckets and they really swarm you and it can get out of hand quickly. but if you learn to break the press and limit their points off turnovers you have a good shot at beating them. Matta should really watch the UofR vs VCU games to see how to break the press. UofR beat them twice in the regular season and should have beaten them in the A-10 tourney but had a few missed opportunities that cost them the game. Point being Coach Mooney really coached up his guys on how to break that press and made it pretty much insignificant in their matchups. The one big advantage that UofR has is that our big guy Cline can dribble and a lot of times he could break the press because Mo-Allie Cox is not a good open floor defender. Another positive for OSU is that they really don't have a post presence. Mo-Allie is an animal and a great athlete but his points come off of put backs and drop offs from the guards and hes not a 7fter. hes like 6-8 or so but not too imposing. we should be able to use a smaller lineup for the most part and that is OSU's best lineup by far. Finally VCU thrives when they are just running up and down the court and can feed off of crowd energy. Their fans are pretty rabid and have created a very nice home court advantage for them and they will travel, especially up and down the east coast. If this game was in NYC or something like that I would be worried because their fans would be there in numbers but because its on the west coast their fans are not going to be able to get out there in numbers and they are pissed about it because they really do feed off of the energy of the crowd. Bottom line if OSU avoids a ton of turnovers and makes VCU run a half court offense they will win. If VCU gets a ton of easy buckets off turnovers and in transition its gonna be a long day for the Buckeyes.