November 23, 2012

GAMEDAY CENTRAL: VCU VS. #5 DUKE

Who: VCU Rams (3-1) vs. #5 Duke Blue Devils (4-0)
When: Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 - 7 p.m.
Where: Nassau, Bahamas | Atlantis Resort | Tickets
Arena: Imperial Arena (3,600)
Radio: Ram Radio (107.3) (Play-By-Play: Robby Robinson; Color Analyst: Mike Litos)
TV: NBC Sports Network (Play-By-Play: Dave Strader; Color Analyst: Donny Marshall)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Media Guides:
VCU | Duke
Game Notes: VCU | Duke
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The Storylines

> VCU will be looking for its second upset of a top-25 team in as many nights after the Rams toppled #19 Memphis on Thursday night, 78-65. It marked the fifth time in the past three-plus seasons that VCU has taken down a top-25 squad. Prior to Coach Smart''s arrival in 2009, the Rams had beaten top-25 teams a total of four times. Since 2009, VCU is 5-3 against top-25 teams.

> Tonight's contest is only the second-ever meeting between VCU and Duke, the other coming in the 2007 NCAA Tournament when Eric Maynor drilled a stepback jumper with :01.8 seconds remaining to launch his career into stardom.

> Since that shot, the Rams have won 135 games, which ranks as the 11th most victories by any program in the country over that span. Duke ranks second with 156 wins over that stretch.

> Dating back to that shot, VCU has won four of its past six meetings against ACC schools, but overall, the Rams are 16-27 all-time against current ACC members.

> Defense has been the name of the game for the Black & Gold, who have now held nine straight opponents to 65 points or less.

> HAVOC has been on display early and often this season with VCU forcing over 20 turnovers per game (20.3) and leading the country in steals (14.0). The Rams also lead the nation in steal percentage, picking up a steal on 22.6% of their defensive possessions. They rank sixth in turnover percentage, forcing the opposition to cough it up on 30.8% of their offensive possessions.

> VCU has been stroking it from long range recently with 13 three-pointers in each of the past two games. The back-to-back outings with 13 three-pointers marks the first time in school history that the feat has been accomplished. The Rams are shooting 55.3% from beyond the arc in the two games away from the Siegel center.

> Sophomore Treveon Graham had a career game in the opening round win over Memphis with 26 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including four three-pointers. His previous career-high was 18, which he accomplished twice last year.

> Tonight's matchup reunites VCU with its former head coach Jeff Capel, who is now an assistant with the Blue Devils. Capel was at the helm of the Rams from 2002-06, guiding VCU to a 79-41 mark and two postseason appearances.

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