VCU vs. Xavier: Full Game Preview

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VCU vs. Xavier: Full Game Preview
(24) VCU
(21-6, 7-3 away)
Xavier
(15-10, 9-3 home)
Venue: Cintas Center
2:00PM ET / 11:00AM PT, February 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
VCU T Graham 15.6 J Reddic 8.3 D Theus 4.8
Xavier S Christon 15.0 T Taylor 8.6 S Christon 4.5

No. 24 Virginia Commonwealth heads to Cintas Center on Saturday to take on Xavier. It gets started at 2 p.m. EST and you can catch it on CBSSN. The Rams have not played the Musketeers since the 2006-07 season, when they fell 70-67.

Xavier is in fourth place in the A-10 and will be trying to close the gap with Virginia Commonwealth, who is currently in second place.

The Rams fell 76-62 to Saint Louis on Feb. 19. Juvonte Reddic finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. On top of his scoring average of 14.4 points per game, he delivers 8.3 rebounds per game. For the Musketeers, Travis Taylor finished with 13 points and 17 rebounds in the 55-42 win over Rhode Island on Feb. 20. He leads the team in rebounds with 8.6 per game and blocks with 0.6 per game.

Virginia Commonwealth looks to have the advantage over Xavier in one significant area, scoring, where the Rams have an edge over the Musketeers, 77 points per game to 65 points per game.

Xavier StatSmack

  • Virginia Commonwealth has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (74.6 percent to 70.6 percent).
  • The Virginia Commonwealth rebounding leader (Juvonte Reddic, 223 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Xavier rebounding leader (Travis Taylor, 215 rebounds).
  • Briante Weber is ranked 4th nationally in steals.
  • Treveon Graham is ranked 5th in the A-10 in points.
  • Virginia Commonwealth has more wins over the last 5 years than Xavier (153 vs. 145).
  • It's only wins and losses, but Virginia Commonwealth has a better overall record than Xavier this season (21-6 vs. 15-10).
  • Darius Theus is ranked 4th in the A-10 in assists and 9th nationally in steals.
  • The Virginia Commonwealth scoring leader (Treveon Graham, 421 points) has more points than the Xavier scoring leader (Semaj Christon, 365 points).
  • Obviously, AP Voters agree that Virginia Commonwealth is superior to Xavier (Latest AP Poll: No. 24 vs. Not Ranked).
  • The Virginia Commonwealth blocks leader (Juvonte Reddic, 24 blocks) has more blocks than the Xavier blocks leader (Justin Martin, 13 blocks).
VCU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Juvonte Reddic 28 14 8 1 1 1 2
B+ Treveon Graham 27 16 6 2 1 0 2
B- Rob Brandenberg 25 10 3 2 1 0 1
B- Troy Daniels 26 12 3 1 1 0 1
C+ Darius Theus 26 7 2 5 3 0 2
C+ Briante Weber 21 5 3 3 3 0 1
C Melvin Johnson 17 7 2 1 1 0 1
C- Justin Tuoyo 8 1 2 0 0 1 0
D+ Jarred Guest 10 3 2 0 1 0 1
D+ D.J. Haley 8 2 2 0 0 1 1
D+ Teddy Okereafor 9 1 1 2 1 0 1
D+ David Hinton 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
XU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Travis Taylor 31 12 9 1 1 1 2
B Semaj Christon 33 15 3 4 1 0 4
C+ Myles Davis 10 3 1 3 0 0 1
C Justin Martin 27 8 5 1 1 0 2
C Dee Davis 30 9 2 3 1 0 3
C Jeff Robinson 25 7 5 1 1 0 1
C Isaiah Philmore 23 7 5 1 0 0 1
C Brad Redford 23 7 1 1 0 0 1
D+ James Farr 4 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Erik Stenger 10 2 2 0 0 0 1
D Landen Amos 7 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Joe Schuessler 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- Tim Whelan 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
D- Kevin Coker 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
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