8News Daily Poll: Will VCU beat Oregon State?

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The VCU Rams have arrived in Oklahoma City, Okla. for their tilt against the Oregon State Beavers in the West Region of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The favored (-4) Rams (24-10) from the Atlantic 10 Conference and the PAC-12’s Beavers (19-12) will tip off at 1:30 on Friday from the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The game will be televised on TNT.

The winner will play No. 2 Oklahoma or No. 15 Cal State-Bakersfield.

Oregon State, who finished in a three-way tie for sixth place in the PAC-12 regular season, was bounced out of the PAC-12 Tournament in the quarterfinals by the University of California. The Beavers, 9-9 in PAC-12 play, beat the Arizona State Sun Devils in the tournament’s first round.

VCU finished in a three-way tie for the regular season title in the A-10 with Dayton and St. Bonaventure and lost in the tournament finals to the fourth-seeded Saint Joseph’s Hawks last Sunday. Prior to last week’s A-10 Tournament in Brooklyn, many bracket experts had VCU, 14-4 in A-10 play, on the dreaded tournament bubble, but convincing wins against Davidson and UMass in the conference tournament paved VCU’s way to an at-large bid.

8Sports Director Mitch Carr is in Oklahoma City and will be following the Rams during their run in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament. Follow him on Twitter and look for highlights and reaction from Friday’s game on 8News at 6 and 11. 

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