In the least-heralded game of the Sweet 16, the Virginia Commonwealth Rams face the Florida State Seminoles in San Antonio tonight, in a battle of tournament underdogs.
VCU is an 11th seed, and is the only team to play three tournament games, with the new format changes to the tournament.
The Rams defeated USC, Georgetown, and Purdue -- all big name sports universities to get to the Sweet 16, and handily defeated all three of them.
Known for being an athletic team, young VCU head coach Shaka Smart has a team that is no longer a secret. The Rams have not only proven they belong in the tournament, but have players that opponents have to legitimately be concerned about.
Junior guard Bradford Burgess shot eight-for-12 against Purdue, and scored 23 points. He is joined by three other players who average double-digit points per game: Jamie Skeen (15.2), Brandon Rozell (11.6), and Joey Rodriguez (10.7).
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton knowst that his Seminoles' defense will need to contain those players as well as a deep VCU bench.
But the Seminoles have some weapons of their own. Forward Chris Singleton's right foot is much improved after surgery in February. The 6'9 forward was voted ACC defensive player of the year. Singleton also averaged 13 points per game and 6.7 rebounds.
Florida State defeated second-seed Notre Dame in the third round, thanks to balanced scoring a tough defense.
Hamilton will need a better performance from guard Derwin Kitchen who shot just two-of-seven from the field against the Fighting Irish.
The winner of the game faces the winner of Kansas-Richmond on Sunday.