CHICAGO — A few minutes before midnight Wednesday, Georgetown finally learned its opponent for Friday’s NCAA Tournament opener. Virginia Commonwealth topped Southern California 59-46 in Dayton, Ohio, to earn the No. 11 seed and a date with the Hoyas.
Part of the NCAA’s First Four play-in games, the lethargic contest didn’t do much to promote the concept. USC missed 10 free throws and turned the ball over 15 times while VCU (24-11) survived despite shooting 33.9 percent from the field.
So what will Georgetown face? Here’s the 30-second scouting report:
— Prepare for a barrage of 3-pointers. VCU ranked among the country’s top 13 teams in 3-point attempts and makes. Six players made 25 or more 3-pointers.
— Wake Forest transfer Jamie Skeen is a difficult matchup at 6-foot-9, 240-pounds. He’s also VCU’s best player. Big defensive challenge for a Georgetown frontcourt that’s scuffled in the last three games. He could be defended by another ACC transfer in ex-Florida State forward Julian Vaughn.
— VCU beat UCLA in November and recorded wins over George Mason and Old Dominion, but dropped four of five games to end the regular season.
— Rebounds are a serious issue for VCU, ranking just 339th in the country in rebounds per game.