November 24, 2012

GAMEDAY CENTRAL: VCU VS. #13 MISSOURI

Who: VCU Rams (3-2) vs. #13 Missouri Tigers (4-1)
When: Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 - 7 p.m.
Where: Nassau, Bahamas | Atlantis Resort | Tickets
Arena: Imperial Arena (3,900)
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 | Missouri
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The Storylines

> VCU will be looking to head back home on a high note and pull off two top-20 upsets in the matter of three days after defeating 19th-ranked Memphis on Thursday night, 78-65. The Rams are the only team in the country to already play three top-20 opponents this year.

> This marks just the second time in school history that VCU has played at least three top-20 opponents in the regular season. The 1984-85 squad battled four top-20 teams during the regular season, en route to a 26-6 record and NCAA Tournament berth.

> Head Coach Shaka Smart and his staff will be looking to finish off their BCS checklist with the SEC being the only conference that Smart and his staff haven't beaten in their four years at VCU.

> All-time, the Black & Gold are 3-25 against current SEC schools. The last win against an SEC school came in 2000-01 when VCU beat Texas A&M in a 107-106 double-overtime thriller. The Aggies were members of the Big 12 at that point, but have since moved into the SEC.

> Under Coach Smart and his staff, VCU has shown its quite a resilient group,  posting a 23-6 record following a loss.

> The road has treated the Black & Gold pretty well over the past two seasons. Last year, VCU tied a school record with 16 wins away from home. Entering tonight's game against MIzzou, the Rams have won 16 of its past 20 such games.

>VCU's HAVOC  defense has been on display early and often this season with VCU forcing nearly 18 turnovers per game (17.8) and ranking in the top-10 in the country in steals (12.2 - 10th).

> Sophomore Treveon Graham is using the Battle 4 Atlantis to introduce himself to the college basketball world. Through the first two games, Graham is averaging 21.0 pts and 6.5 rebounds per game. He's shooting 54.2% from the field (13-24) and gotten to the charity stripe 15 times.

> Junior Juvonte Reddic posted his second double-double of the year with 16 points and 13 rebounds against Duke's All-ACC forward Mason Plumlee. The 13 rebounds were a career-high for the Winston-Salem, N.C. native.

 > There is a small tie between the two schools as VCU's Athletic Trainer Eddie Benion is a Mizzou grad and worked with the basketball program during his time as an intern with the Tigers.

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