December 27, 2010

RAMS RETURN TO ACTION IN RICHMOND DOWNTOWN MARRIOT HOLIDAYS ON THE HARDWOOD CLASSIC

RICHMOND, Va. – Do you feel like something has been missing from your life over the past week? Yeah, the holidays are great, but what you really love is some VCU Basketball.

The wait is over as the Rams return to action on Wednesday, December 29th in the first-ever Richmond Downtown Marriott Holidays on the Harwood Classic. VCU will battle Southern Conference power Wofford at 7:30 p.m., with Cornell and New Hampshire squaring off prior to that at 5 p.m.

The following day will have Wofford playing in the 5 p.m game, while the Black & Gold will take the court at 7:30 p.m. The outcome of the first day will decide when Cornell and New Hampshire play their second contest.

Some Notes Heading Into the Classic:

- This is the first-ever home tournament hosted by the Black & Gold in Siegel Center's 11-year history

- Three of the four tournament teams have made NCAA Tournament appearances in the past two years. Cornell and Wofford in 2010 and VCU in 2009.

- Wofford is the only one of the four teams entering the two-day classic on a winning note after defeating High Point on Dec. 18th.

- VCU's schedule has tested the Rams with Wofford being the fifth 2010 NCAA Tournament participant on the docket. If the Black & Gold take on Cornell, it would be six of the first 12 opponents who made runs to the "Big Dance."

- The Rams will be looking to avoid the Christmas Hangover for the third straight year. VCU is just 4-6 in games following the holiday break, but have won the last two such outings, including last year's 82-74 home win over East Carolina.

- With four assists, Joey Rodriguez (pictured, left) will pass Dave Edwards (1970-74) and move into sixth-place all-time with 431 career assists.

- With a start in the game against Wofford, junior Bradford Burgess will pass all-time greats Kendrick Warren and Nick George with 82 consecutive starts. Michael Brown is the only VCU player to start every game in his four years (121 games), Burgess is 81-for-81 heading into the Classic.

- In 60 games at Wake Forest, senior Jamie Skeen scored 393 points, shot 42.3% from the field and averaged 4.2 rebounds per game. In just 39 games at VCU, he has scored 392 points, shot 52.4% from the field and averaged 5.6 rebounds per game.

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