January 29, 2013

GAMEDAY CENTRAL: VCU AT RHODE ISLAND

Who: VCU Rams (16-5, 4-2 A-10) vs. Rhode Island (6-12, 1-4 A-10)
When: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 - 7 p.m.
Where: Kingston, R.I. | Directions | Tickets
Arena: Thomas M. Ryan Center (7,657)
Radio: Ram Radio (107.3) (Play-By-Play: Robby Robinson; Color Analyst: Mike Litos)
TV:

CSN-Mid Atlantic (Channel Finder)
CBS 6.3 (Richmond area - Comcast (206), Verizon Fios (466)
(Play-By-Play: Abu Bakr; Color Analyst: Eric Frede, Sideline: Mike Mancusco)

Live Video: CoxSportsOnline.com
Live Stats: GoRhody.com
Media Guides:
VCU | Rhode Island
Game Notes: VCU | Rhode Island
Social Media:

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@ScottyDVCU
  | @VCUHorns

The Storylines

> VCU enters tonight looking to continue its winning ways on the road, where the Rams have won 14 of their last 17 true road games dating back to December of 2011.

> Under Coach Smart and his staff, VCU has shown it's quite a resilient group, posting a 24-8 record following a loss. The Rams are a perfect 7-0 under Coach Smart coming off back-to-back losses.

> Tonight is the fifth all-time meeting between the two schools with the head-to-head mark sitting even at 2-2. Both programs have held serve at home, with the Rhode Island Rams picking up a 92-86 win over VCU in the last game here at the Ryan Center. Coach Smart is 1-0 as a head coach against URI with VCU taking home a 82-80 win at the Siegel Center in his first season with the Black & Gold.

> VCU's HAVOC style of defense has helped the Rams claim the top spot in the country in total steals (259), steals per game (12.3) and turnovers forced per game (19.8). VCU forces a turnover on 29.3% of its defensive possessions, which is also the top mark in the country.

> Entering the fourth week of A-10 play, junior Juvonte Reddic is the only player in the league averaging a double-double in conference games. Through six league games, Reddic is pouring in 15.8 points and pulling down 10.2 boards per night. He is coming off back-to-back 20/10 outings last week, including a 22 pts and 10 rebs against La Salle on Saturday night.

> HAVOC on the defensive end is what VCU has become known for recently, but it's the offense that ranks 17th in the country in points per game (78.1) and has scored 90+ seven times this year. It's the first time since the 1987-88 seasons that VCU has posted seven or more 90+ outings.

> Leading that offensive attack has been sophomore Treveon Graham, who enters tonight having scored in  double-figures in14 straight games, including back-to-back double-doubles last week. He is currently second in scoring for A-10 games, averaging 19.0 ppg in six league games this year. Overall, he leads the squad with 16.0 ppg, while ranking second with 6.0 boards per night.

> Only two players in the A-10 are in the top-10 in both scoring and rebounding in league games. Both wear VCU uniforms with Reddic sitting eighth in scoring (15.8) and first in rebounding (10.2), while Graham sits second in scoring (19.0) and ninth in rebounding (7.5)

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