VCU vs. Richmond: Full Game Preview

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VCU vs. Richmond: Full Game Preview
VCU
(16-3, 5-1 away)
Richmond
(12-7, 10-2 home)
Venue: Robins Center
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, January 24, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
VCU T Graham 16.2 J Reddic 7.8 D Theus 4.9
Richmond D Brothers 16.2 D Williams 6.8 C Lindsay 3.4

No. 19 Virginia Commonwealth heads to Robins Center on Thursday to take on Richmond. Tip-off is at 7:00 EST and it can be seen on CBSSN. The Rams are 3-1 against the Spiders over the last four years. The last time they met (12/9/2011) they won 73-51.

Virginia Commonwealth is 1st in the conference and Richmond is 7th. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

In their last outing, behind 22 points and 6 rebounds from Rob Brandenberg, the Rams blew out Duquesne 90-63 on January 19th. He is putting up 11.2 points per game while also averaging 3.1 rebounds per game. In an 81-61 blowout of Charlotte on January 19th, Darien Brothers put up 39 points and 8 rebounds for the Spiders. He leads the team with 16.2 points per game.

Virginia Commonwealth has a statistical advantage in two significant areas. With the edge in rebounding (36 per game to 29 per game), the Rams should find themselves in a good position on offense. Additionally, Virginia Commonwealth has the advantage over Richmond in scoring, 79 points per game to 70 points per game. Richmond will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: effective field goal percentage at 53.0 and free throw rate at 42.9.

Richmond StatSmack

  • Virginia Commonwealth has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (0.727 to 0.558).
  • Juvonte Reddic is ranked 8th in the A-10 in points, 2nd in the A-10 in rebounds, and 5th in the A-10 in steals.
  • Keep filling up on cupcakes. Virginia Commonwealth has a stronger schedule than Richmond this season (SOS Rank: #68 vs #190).
  • Virginia Commonwealth players are more experienced than Richmond players (11,459 minutes played vs 9,356 minutes played).
  • Troy Daniels is ranked 9th in the A-10 in points and 1st nationally in three-pointers.
  • It's only wins and losses, but Virginia Commonwealth has a better overall record than Richmond this season (11-3 vs 10-5).
  • Virginia Commonwealth has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Richmond (1 vs 0).
  • Treveon Graham is ranked 7th in the A-10 in points.
  • Virginia Commonwealth embarrassed Richmond by 22 points the last time they played (Dec 09, 2011).
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Virginia Commonwealth has come back to win after being down at half against Richmond 4 times since 1996.
  • Briante Weber is ranked 4th in the A-10 in assists and 1st nationally in steals.
VCU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Treveon Graham 26 16 5 2 1 0 2
B+ Juvonte Reddic 27 14 8 1 1 1 1
B Rob Brandenberg 25 11 3 2 1 0 1
B- Troy Daniels 26 13 3 1 1 0 1
B- Briante Weber 22 6 4 4 3 0 1
C+ Darius Theus 26 7 2 5 3 0 2
C Melvin Johnson 15 6 2 1 1 0 1
C Justin Tuoyo 8 2 2 1 0 1 1
C- Jarred Guest 11 3 3 0 1 0 1
C- D.J. Haley 10 2 2 0 0 1 1
D+ Teddy Okereafor 10 1 1 2 1 0 1
D+ David Hinton 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
RICH Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Darien Brothers 30 16 3 1 1 0 1
B D. Williams 29 14 7 1 1 0 3
C+ Cedrick Lindsay 29 10 3 3 2 0 2
C+ Kendall Anthony 26 13 1 2 1 0 1
C+ Greg Robbins 28 7 3 3 1 1 2
C A. Nelson-Ododa 18 3 4 1 1 2 1
C Wayne Sparrow 18 4 2 2 1 0 1
C- Deion Taylor 13 3 2 1 0 0 0
D+ Terry Allen 8 2 2 0 0 0 1
D+ Trey Davis 13 2 2 1 1 0 1
D Luke Piotrowski 4 0 2 0 0 0 1
D Zach Chu 4 5 0 0 0 0 1
D Luke Moyer 3 0 1 1 0 0 0
D J. Benjamin 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D John Moran 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
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