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
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).