November 21, 2012

GAMEDAY CENTRAL: VCU VS. #19 MEMPHIS

Who: VCU Rams (2-1) vs. #19 Memphis Tigers (2-0)
When: Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 - 7 p.m.
Where: Nassau, Bahamas | Atlantis Resort | Tickets
Arena: Imperial Arena (3,600)
Radio: Ram Radio (107.3) (Play-By-Play: Robby Robinson; Color Analyst: Mike Litos)
TV: NBC Sports Network (Play-By-Play: Dave Strader; Color Analyst: Donny Marshall)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Media Guides:
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Game Notes: VCU | Memphis
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The Storylines

> VCU enters the Battle 4 Atlantis looking to continue its strong play, having won 20 of its past 23 games dating back to early January. The three losses during that stretch have come by a total of five points. During that time, VCU has outscored its opponents by an average of 68.4 ppg - 58.3 ppg.

> Tonight's matchup against Memphis marks the eighth time during Coach Smart's tenure that VCU has faced off against a nationally-ranked opponent. Its the fourth time that it has happened during the regular season, the last coming in November of last year when the Rams traveled to Tuscaloosa to take on the 13th-ranked Crimson Tide of Alabama.

> Tonight's a battle of two of the brighest young minds in the game with both Coach Smart and Coach Pastner sitting in the top-15 youngest coaches in the country. Coach Smart is 179 days older than Coach Pastner, with having been born in 1977. They rank 11th and 14th youngest among D-I head coaches.

> The Rams have quite a history against current Conference USA schools with several of them being old conference rivals in the Metro, Sun Belt and CAA. Overall, VCU holds a 50-56 mark against current C-USA schools, but during Coach Smart's tenure the Black & Gold are 4-1 in such games.

> Defense has been the name of the game for the Black & Gold, who have now held eight straight opponents to 65 points or less. All three opponents this year have been held under 60 points.

> HAVOC has been on display early and often this season with VCU forcing nearly 20 turnovers per game (19.7) and leading the country in steals (14.0).
The Rams also lead the nation in steal percentage, picking up a steal on 21.1% of their defensive possessions. They rank eighth in turnover percentage, forcing
the opposition to cough it up on 29.8% of their offensive possessions.

> Junior Juvonte Reddic has been the offensive star early for the Rams, scoring in double-figures in each of VCU's first three games, including 17 points and
seven rebounds in Saturday's win over Winthrop. Dating back to last year, Reddic has reached double-digits in six straight regular season games, averaging 16 ppg and shooting 56.9% (37-of-65) from the field over that stretch.

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