RICHMOND, Va. –VCU will battle rival Richmond on Thursday, March 6 at noon in the first round of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship at the Richmond Coliseum, the Rams learned Sunday.

The Rams (21-8, 9-7 A-10) are seeded eighth and will meet the crosstown rival Spiders, the No. 9 seed, for the third time this season. VCU and Richmond split a pair of games this year, each winning on its home floor.
Should VCU advance into the quarterfinal round, top-seeded Dayton awaits on Friday, March 7 at noon. The Rams battled the Flyers to the wire in a 73-69 loss at Dayton on Feb. 5. The Flyers (21-6) were 14-2 in league play this season.
Joining Dayton with the remaining three byes are St. Bonaventure, Fordham and George Washington which all finished the season with 11-5 records in A-10 play.  SBU earned the second seed in the Championship thanks to its head-to-head wins over both the Rams and Colonials. Fordham was awarded the third seed due to its victory over GW in the regular season. Defending champion Saint Joseph's earned the fifth seed after finishing with a 10-6 mark. Duquesne, which was also 10-6, will serve as the sixth seed. 
The Championship kicks off on Wednesday, March 5 with an opening round contest between 12th-seeded George Mason and 13th-seed UMass. The A-10 Tournament culminates with Saturday's semifinals and Sunday's Championship Game at the Coliseum.
VCU will be looking to complete a stunning turnaround season with its first A-10 title. The Rams have improved by 10 wins over last season overall and won five more conference games than in 2012-13.
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