WHAT: #8 VCU vs. #1 Rhode Island (Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Quarterfinals)
WHERE: Washington, D.C. (Capital One Arena)
WHEN: March 9, Noon
THE SERIES: VCU leads series 6-5
LAST MEETING: Rhode Island 81, VCU 68 (2/2/18)
TV: NBC Sports Network l Watch
RADIO: Ram Radio (Fox Sports 910 & BIG 98.5) l Listen
LIVE STATS: StatBroadcast
TOURNAMENT CENTRAL: Atlantic10.com
TWITTER: @VCU_Hoops l @VCUscores l @VCUHorns l @VCUAthletics
NEWS AND NOTES
VCU will make the roughly two-hour drive to Washington, D.C. for the 2018 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship at the Capital One Arena. The Rams will be in search of their second A-10 Tournament title and their 10th conference tournament title overall (Sun Belt 1980, 1981, 1985; CAA 1996, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012; A-10 2015).
The Rams enter the conference tournament on the heels of an 83-58 rout of Fordham on March 3 in the Bronx, N.Y. Senior forward Justin Tillman provided 18 points and 13 rebounds in that contest, while freshman forward Sean Mobley added a career-high 16 points.
VCU has reached its conference tournament's championship game in each of the past seven seasons. The Rams played in the CAA final in 2011 and 2012 prior to joining the A-10 prior to the 2012-13 season.
The Rams are also looking to extend their streak of seven consecutive NCAA berths.
Tillman's 17 games of 20 or more points this season are the most by a Ram since Eric Maynor topped 20 on 23 occassions in 2008-09.
Tillman is averaging 18.9 points and an Atlantic 10-best 9.7 rebounds per game. No VCU player has averaged a double-double for a season since Bernard Hopkins in 1995-96. Tillman's 16 double-doubles this season are the most by a Ram since Hopkins totaled 18 in 1995-96
VCU last played in this arena during the 2011-12 season. The Rams topped George Washington, now a conference rival, 75-60 on Dec. 4, 2011 in the BB&T Classic.