The VCU Rams dictated their tempo to start their Final Four matchup with Butler, but as teams do on this stage, they quickly adapt. The Rams trail the Bulldogs 34-28 at Halftime at the Final Four in Houston.
The Rams are led by Jamie Skeen with 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. VCU has hit 4-10 from 3 point range, sticking to their tournament average. They tried to push their tempo and were initially successful until Butler broke their press midway through the first frame. While applying heavy pressure, the Rams have turned the ball over seven times and will need to cut that number down to stay in this ball game. Frantic PG Joey Rodriguez has been held in check to this point missing all four of his FG attempts and has only two assists.
Butler is led by Shelvin Mack with 13 points and Matt Howard has 8 through the first 20 minutes. Butler closed with a 19-8 run to take the six point advantage into the locker room.