2011 NCAA Tournament: VCU Plays USC In Opening Round, Who Relies On A Montenegran

The Va. Commonwealth Rams have been named to the 68-team field for the 2011 NCAA Tournament, but they'll have to win one more game to make the top 64. In the opening round on Wednesday night, VCU will face the USC Trojans, who enter the Big Dance with a 19-14 record after finishing fourth in the PAC-10.

The Trojans finished the year strong, winning six of their final eight games to claim one of the last spots in the NCAA Tournament. They advanced past the first round of the PAC-10 Tournament last week with a win over the California Golden Bears, but they lost to the Arizona Wildcats in the second round.

Nikola Vucevic is likely to pose the largest problem for VCU. Literally. The 6'-10" junior forward from Montenegro averages 17.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. He's earned double-doubles in nine of his last 10 games. He's like the Montenegran Jordan Williams.

If the Rams do manage to defeat the Trojans, they'll move on to face another local team, the Georgetown Hoyas. You can read all about the Hoyas' NCAA Tournament chances in our dedicated StoryStream.

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