GAMEDAY CENTRAL: VCU VS. DAYTON
|Who:||VCU Rams (12-3) vs. Dayton (10-4)|
|When:||Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2012 - 7 p.m.|
|Where:||Richmond, Va. | Directions | Tickets|
|Arena:||Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center (7,693)
|Radio:||Ram Radio (107.3) (Play-By-Play: Robby Robinson; Color Analyst: Wes McElroy)|
|TV:||WTVR CBS 6.1 (Metro Richmond Area)
(Play-By-Play: Jon Laaser; Color Analyst: Mike Litos)
|Live Webcast:||Ram TV (Play-By-Play: Greg Burton; Color Analyst: Rodney Ashby)|
||VCU | Dayton
|Game Notes:||VCU | Dayton|
> VCU opens up its inaugural season in the Atlantic 10 looking to extend its winning streak to 10 game when it hosts the Flyers of the University of Dayton.
> The Rams will be sporting a national ranking during the regular season for the first time since 1984-85 after VCU was slotted as the 24th-ranked squad by the USA Today/Coaches poll this week. It's the first time that the Rams have earned a regular season Top-25 ranking by the coaches' poll.
> VCU's current nine-game winning streak is the ninth longest active streak in the country entering this week.
> During its current nine-game winning streak, VCU has outscored its opposition by an average of 25.7 (84.0-58.3). The Rams have forced nearly double the
amount of turnovers it has given up during that stretch (110 to 218), which has led to 154 more field-goal attempts.
> Tonight marks the first A10 Conference game for the Rams after spending the past 17 years in the CAA. This will be the fourth conference affiliation for the Black & Gold (Sun Belt, Metro, CAA, A10) with VCU going 2-1 in inaugural conference games previously. (12/6/79 - L to Jacksonville, 65-63, 1/9/92 - W vs. Louisville, 66-57, 1/4/96 -W at W&M, 70-47)
> VCU and Dayton share several common threads with Head Coach Shaka Smart being the main connection. Smart spent the 2001-03 as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Flyers under Oliver Purnell. The Rams also started their historic 2011 Final Four run at the First Four, hosted by Dayton's UD Arena.
> Senior Troy Daniels became the first Ram to ever be named Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week after averaging 22 points and seven rebounds in
VCU's two victories last week. His highlight performance came last Wednesday when he knocked down 11 three-pointers in a road victory at ETSU. He finished with a career-high 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his first career double-double.
> Tonight's contest marks the fifth all-time meeting between the two schools with VCU holding a 3-1 advantage over the Flyers. It's the first meeting since
the 1986-87 season, when a player named Anthony Grant started for Dayton.
> The Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center boasts quite a home-court advantage for the Black & Gold with VCU compiling a 171-28 (.859)
record during the 13-year history of the building. The .859 winning percentage ranks as the 11th-best mark in the country in active home arenas.
> With an expected sellout for this afternoon's game, VCU's consecutive sellout streak will extend to 28, the fifth-longest active streak in the country. Duke,
Kansas, Michigan State and Gonzaga are the only schools with longer streaks.