Date: Saturday, December 21 - 5:30 p.m. EST
Location: Richmond, Va.
TV: NBC Sports Network
Online Broadcast: NBC Sports
Radio: WBBT 107.3 FM (Richmond area)
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2013-14 Record: 9-3
Head Coach: Shaka Smart
2013-14 Record: 7-3
Head Coach: James Johnson
THE STORY LINES
• VCU returns to the court for the final outing before the Christmas break against in-state rival Virginia Tech. The Rams have entered the holiday with a victory in seven of the past 10 seasons, including three of the four seasons under Coach Smart.
• The Black & Gold return to the Richmond Coliseum for the first time since winning the 2012 CAA Championship. Last year was the first season since the building opened that the Rams did not play a single game in the building. VCU is 273-108 (.717) all-time in this building and 7-2 under Coach Smart.
• December has been a good month for the Rams, who have now won 19 of their past 20 December games. Under Coach Smart, VCU is 25-5 in the month of December.
• Today's meeting is the 21st time these two programs have met, but the first since the 1994-95 season. VCU has won six of the past nine meetings in the series, including the last meeting, a 62-57 victory in the Coliseum. Tyron McCoy led all scorers in that game with 22 points. (complete boxscore on page 2 of VCU game notes)
• This is the first year since 1989-90 in which the Rams have played Virginia and Virginia Tech in the same season. This is the fourth year overall that VCU has played both of them in the same year. (1980-81,1987-88, 1989-90)
• VCU is 249-143 (.635) all-time against opponents from the Commonwealth, which includes a 25-12 (.676) ledger under Smart. Entering tonight, the Rams have won 14 of their past 17 meetings against in-state opponents.
• HAVOC continues to fluster its opponents with VCU currently leading the country in turnovers forced per game (19.7) and steals per game (12.3), categories in which they have the country in each of the past two years. VCU is also currently forcing turnovers on 27.2-percent of its opponents possessions, which also ranks as the top markin in the nation.
• Senior Rob Brandenberg and junior Treveon Graham both enter today's contest less than 10 points away from joining the 1,000-point club. Brandenberg (needs 4 points) and Graham (needs 8 points) are looking to become the 33rd and 34th 1,000-point scorers in VCU basketball history.
• For the ninth time this year, the Rams got 20 or more points from their bench in Tuesday's victory over Wofford. VCU is now averaging 25.0 points off the bench, good for 33.1-percent of its scoring output.