MEN'S BASKETBALL GAMEDAY: VCU VS. DAYTON

WHAT: VCU vs. Dayton
WHERE: Richmond, Va. (E.J. Arena at the Siegel Center)
WHEN: 8 p.m.
THE SERIES: VCU leads 9-5
LAST MEETING: VCU 77, Dayton 72 (March 9, 2018 - Atlantic 10 Tournament)

TV: CBS Sports Network - Carter Blackburn (play-by-play) and Pete Gillen (color)
ONLINE: CBS Sports Network
RADIO: Ram Radio (Fox Sports 910 & BIG 98.5) l Listen
LIVE STATS: Statbroadcast
TWITTER: @VCU_Hoops l @VCUscores l @VCUHorns l @VCUAthletics

ABOUT THE VCU RAMS (11-5, 2-1 ATLANTIC 10)
Roster l Schedule l Statistics l Game Notes l @VCU_Hoops 

ABOUT THE DAYTON FLYERS (11-5, 3-0 ATLANTIC 10)
Roster l Schedule l Statistics l Game Notes l @DaytonMBB ‏

TALKING POINTS

  • VCU returns to the court following a 64-57 loss at Davidson on Jan. 12. Redshirt junior guard Marcus Evans led the way for the Rams with 16 points and seven rebounds. VCU, which held a 12-point second-half lead, was unable to connect on a field goal the last eight minutes of the game.

  • VCU and Dayton will rekindle one of the Atlantic 10 Conference's most interesting rivalries Wednesday. These two squads met three times last season, with VCU earning two wins, including a 77-72 triumph that ended Dayton's season in the A-10 Tournament Second Round. VCU leads the all-time series 9-5.

  • VCU overcame an 18-point deficit in its win over La Salle on Jan. 9. VCU trailed 28-10 with 8:28 left in the first half before kicking off its rally. It's the largest deficit VCU has overcome to win since Nov. 19, 1999.  

  • This contest pits VCU against former Coach Anthony Grant. Grant led the VCU program for three seasons from 2006-09 and compiled a 75-26 mark. The Rams won a pair of CAA titles (2007 and 2009) under his watch and scored a 79-77 win over Duke in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. 

  • VCU shot .667 (30-of-45) from the field in its win at Fordham, the program's highest single-game mark since it shot .673 against Delaware on Jan. 7, 2004.  

  • No program has won more games in Atlantic 10 Conference play than VCU since the Rams joined the league in time for the 2012-13 campaign. VCU is 75-32 in conference play over that span, a .701 winning percentage. VCU is also 13-5 in A-10 Tournament play. 

  • VCU opponents are shooting just .271 from beyond the 3-point arc, which ranks fifth nationally. VCU opponents shot .351 from 3-point range last season. 

  • VCU held just one opponent under 60 points in 2017-18. The Rams have done so seven times already this year. VCU ranks third nationally in defensive effective field goal percentage (.423).

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