GAMEDAY CENTRAL: #19/#16 VCU VS. LA SALLE
|Who:||VCU Rams (16-4, 4-1 A10) vs. La Salle (13-5, 3-2 A10)|
|When:||Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 - 8 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: Mike Litos)|
|TV:||CBS Sports Network (Channel Finder)
(Play-By-Play: Brad Johansen; Color Analyst: Steve Wolf)
||VCU | La Salle
|Game Notes:||VCU | La Salle
> VCU enters tonight looking to bounce back after a tough overtime loss to crosstown rival, Richmond, on Thursday night at the Robins Center. It was the Rams' first loss in two months after VCU put together the third-longest winning streak in school history with 13 straight wins.
> Under Coach Smart and his staff, VCU has shown its quite a resilient group, posting a 24-7 record following a loss.
> After playing a total of two overtime games all of last season, Thursday night was the second overtime game in the span of eight days for VCU. Under Coach Smart and his staff, the Rams are 5-4 in overtime games, having won five of their past six.
> Tonight is the fourth all-time meeting between the two schools with VCU holding a 3-0 head-to-head record against the Explorers. The last meeting came during the 2004-05 season when the Rams toppled La Salle, 63-52, at the Siegel Center.
> The Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center boasts quite a home-court advantage for the Black & Gold with VCU compiling a 173-28 (.861) record during the 13-year history of the building. The .861 winning percentage ranks as the 11th-best mark in the country in active home arenas.
> With an expected sellout for tonight's game, VCU's consecutive sellout streak will extend to 30, the fifth-longest active streak in the country. Duke, Kansas, Michigan State and Gonzaga are the only schools with longer active streaks.
> HAVOC on the defensive end is what VCU has become known for recently, but it's the offense that ranks 10th in the country in points per game (79.0) and has scored 90+ seven times this year. It's the first time since the 1987-88 seasons that VCU has posted seven or more 90+ outings.
> Leading that offensive attack has been sophomore Treveon Graham, who earned A-10 Player of the Week honors after averaging 22.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in VCU's two wins last week. He has now scored in double-figures in 13 straight games and is averaging 20.2 ppg and 6.6 rpg in the Rams' five A-10 games this year. His 20.2 ppg in conference games is the top mark in the league.
> HAVOC has helped the Rams claim the top spot in the country in total steals (250), steals per game (12.5) and turnovers forced per game (20.8). VCU forces a turnover on 29.6% of its defensive possessions, which is the top mark in the country.
> Junior Juvonte Reddic is coming off his second double-double in the past three games with 20 points and 10 rebounds against the Spiders on Thursday. He has five double-doubles on the year and 11 in his career.