WHAT: VCU at #4 Virginia
WHERE: Charlottesville, Va. (John Paul Jones Arena)
WHEN: 1:30 p.m. (EST)
THE SERIES: Virginia leads 12-2
LAST MEETING: Virginia 76, VCU 67 (Nov. 17, 2017)
TV: ACC Regional/NBC Sports Washington - Tom Werme (play-by-play) and Dan Bonner (analyst)
ONLINE: Fox Sports Go
RADIO: Ram Radio (Fox Sports 910 & BIG 98.5) l Listen
LIVE STATS: Sidearm
TWITTER: @VCU_Hoops l @VCUscores l @VCUHorns l @VCUAthletics
VCU and Virginia will meet for the 15th time Sunday. The Rams and Cavaliers did not play from 1999-2012, but this will be the fourth game between the two programs since 2013. UVA leads the all-time series 12-2, but VCU won the last meeting between the schools on this floor. In that contest, played on Nov. 12, 2013, VCU's Treveon Graham hit a long 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left to give the 14th-ranked Rams a 59-56 triumph over the 25th-ranked Cavaliers. UVA has since won a pair of games in Richmond, including a 76-67 victory last season.
VCU is 14-44 all-time against schools ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, including 1-8 against top-five opponents. The Rams' last win over a ranked opponent was a 93-73 victory over Davidson on March 14, 2015 in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament. VCU's last road win over a ranked opponent was the Rams' victory here at John Paul Jones Arena in 2013.
The Rams are coming off an emotional, 54-53 win over Texas and former coach Shaka Smart on Dec. 5 in Austin. Sophomore forward Marcus Santos-Silva provided 10 points, as well as a career-high 16 rebounds and five steals to lead VCU to the win.
VCU won at Texas Wednesday, despite shooting .281 (16-of-57) from the field. It's the Rams' first win while shooting under 30 percent since connecting at a .295 (18-of-61) rate in a win over Drexel on Jan. 5, 2011.
VCU opponents are shooting just .239 from beyond the 3-point arc, which ranks third nationally. VCU opponents shot .351 from 3-point range last season. VCU held just one opponent under 60 points in 2017-18. The Rams have done so four times already this year. VCU ranks fourth nationally in defensive effective field goal percentage (.404).
Santos-Silva has averaged 9.7 points and 11.3 rebounds, while shooting .611 from the field the past three games.