#Shakaville Campout link and get the details, then register your tent!!!
The Calendar has been updated to show all of the 2014 Fall sports, as well as the dates for Rowdy Rams sign up and the deadline for the Shirt Design Contest! #LetsGoVCU
An email will go out from VCU Athletics to all VCU students on Monday, August 25th at approximately 10am. Please make sure your email is working! The email will contain a link to the sign up page. Follow that link and pay your dues. Membership is $35 again this season. We have been told there is a $3 processing fee as well, paid straight to the company completing the transactions for VCU (the money is NOT collected by VCU or VCU Athletics).***UPDATE*** Hearing there are some errors for folks trying to create/access their student account. The company is still loading V#'s into the system. Told it will be ready to go Monday. #LetsGoVCU
A helpful tip so that your sign up is smoother: if you have not yet created a student account at VCUathletics.com/students, you will want to do so in advance. Last season all the memberships sold out in mere hours, you don't want to be held up by creating an account. (If you requested tickets last season online, you are already in the system and do not need to create a new account, just log in and make sure your account is still working and you remember your login/password.)
You now have until September 12th to enter the contest! The rest of the official rules are one post below!
You've been waiting for it.
2014-15 Rowdy Rams T-shirt Design CONTEST!!!
We are asking YOU to create this year’s Rowdy Ram t-shirt design!
1) Must be designed for a gold tee.
2) Must say Rowdy Rams
3) You may only use Gold, Black and White in your design. No halftones or gradients.
4) Designs should be no smaller than 12" x 12" with no less than 300 DPI/Pixels per inch
5) Designs will be accepted in illustrator or photoshop formats
6)VCU Logos & Trademarks are subject to usage & brand standards; do not distort or misuse any university trademark in your design. Do not use old or dated VCU/VCU Athletics logos/marks.
And that's it! The rest is up to your creative mind! You are allowed to submit multiple designs, but only one of your designs will move on to the final voting. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS SEPTEMBER 5, 2014. Entries should be emailed to email@example.com with the original artwork in either illustrator or photoshop format, as well as a 500 pixel jpeg. On September 6, 2014 the selection process for the final grouping will begin, and shortly thereafter, we will post a link for everyone to go and vote on next year's tee. There will be prizes, including some VCU gear and a free Rowdy Rams membership to the highest finishing student entry.
Only VCU Students are allowed to enter. Please limit your submissions to no more than 5 entries. Once you submit your entry, you agree that your artwork is now the property of VCU Athletics. You also agree that VCU Athletics has the right to use the art in any way they see fit, including, but not limited to, making adjustments on the design, printing the logo on t-shirts and other materials, using the logos on social media, etc.
GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL!!!
After a three game road tour for the Rams, VCU returns home to take on St. Louis in a highly anticipated rematch. And from what happened on Thursday night, some pissed off Billikens will be looking for blood Saturday night at the Siegel Center.
VCU’s slate included three road trips to St. Louis, Massachusetts and the Bronx. The Rams fell to the Billikens at their first stop 62-64 in St. Louis and the terrain got tougher in Massachusetts where they loss to UMass at the Mullins Center 75-80. Fortunately in the Bronx, VCU were able to slaughter the Rams of Fordham with a ridiculous 2nd half outscoring Fordham 51-34 to grab an 85-66 win on Thursday night.
Leading the Rams in scoring with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds was Juvonte Reddic followed by Rob Brandenberg with 16 points along with shooting a perfect 100% from downtown making all 4 of his 3-point attempts on the night. Melvin Johnson was in the starting lineup and put on a great performance in his hometown with 14 points. Mo Alie-Cox showed even more improvement coming off the bench grabbing six rebounds and scoring seven points.
VCU wasn’t looking so hot in the 1st half but thankfully after a pep talk from Shaka Smart and some key adjustments, Fordham did not stand a chance from the opening second of the 2nd. Defense looked much more in sync along with the communication on the floor. Offensively, rebounding was an issue early but that was quick fix once Reddic, Alie-Cox and Guest were able to figure out how to get pass Fordham’s big men and grab that basketball. In some instances it seriously did look like Fordham was close to grabbing their biggest win of the season but fortunately college basketball is played in two halves as VCU unleashed HAVOC! for the remaining 20 minutes.
The 2nd half of VCU will need to have an extension to a full game performance if the Rams plan on handing St. Louis their first conference road loss of the season at the Stu on Saturday.
The Billikens have been on an incredible run this season sitting at 25-3 overall and currently sitting on the A-10 throne at 12-1. Wait…What??? Oh right…Thursday night. St. Louis got knocked off their high horse by out of all the teams in the Atlantic 10…Duquesne. That’s right. The 4-10 Dukes went into Chaifetz Arena and did the unthinkable by defeating #10 St. Louis 71-64.
This tweet from Around The Horns sums it up pretty nicely from Thursday Night…
For Ram Nation it was bittersweet considering that they wanted to have the opportunity to hand St. Louis their first conference lost at Siegel. This unfortunate change of events does not deter the importance of this conference match-up. Currently VCU sits tied for 3rd with UMass at 9-4 but the Minutemen holds the advantage with the win over the Rams so VCU sits in 4th place. George Washington, Richmond and Dayton are on the outside looking for a way to get into the Top 4 so they can have a double round bye in Brooklyn for the Atlantic 10 tournament. A win could give the Rams some breathing room but it’s not going to be easy.
St. Louis is a great team full of senior leadership, discipline and some very physical guards and forwards lead by Jordair Jett. Mix that in with the fact they just lost to a team that might end up playing in the Play-In Game for the Atlantic 10 tournament, yeah…they might be a little bit mad. Maybe a little…
For St. Louis, the Billikens will be looking to reassure the A-10 that they are the dominant alpha team in this conference and that Thursday was a fluke.
For VCU, they will be looking to hand the Billikens their first road conference loss of the season along with getting some revenge from what happened in Chaifetz Arena a few weeks ago.
And if this game wasn’t as emotional driven already…ShakaVille has returned to Siegel Center.
Happy Camping and See You Inside the Stu Saturday.
Smack-Down These Billikens
11 Mike McCall Jr. (6’0”, 180. Senior), Guard: If you’re looking for the 3 point threat, McCall is the closest to it. Some games he can’t hit the backside of the barn and in other games…well he just scorches the net like it’s his job. McCall is also a good passer along with some decent speed moving with the ball. He had a good scoring night against Duquesne leading St. Louis with 18 points in a losing effort.
21 Dwayne Evans (6’6”, 230. Senior), Forward: Grabbing a double-double on Thursday night, Evans can both score and rebound with ease. Evans leads the Billikens in PPG with 14.2, has the most total points with 397 and shoots around 50% from the field. Possibly a weakness of Evans is that he turns the ball over when under too much defensive pressure. Picture that with HAVOC! both on the floor, the sidelines and in the stands and it just might be too much for Evans to handle.
51 Rob Loe (6’11”, 245. Senior), Forward: Loe is one tall man that loves shooting threes; he has shot 108 and has made 33 of them. Besides him trying to channel his inner Ray Allen, Loe is a monster in the paint with rebounds and second chance points. He also is good on the defensive side of the ball leading the Billikens in blocks with 36.
Kazie’s Prediction: #1 vs. #4. VCU comes home after ending their road trip on a good note and are already amped up for this game at extremely high levels. ShakaVille will no doubt be rowdy until it’s time to break down the tents and head into the Siegel Center where the rowdiness will continue at even higher levels of rambunctiousness. An emotionally charged Siegel will be the wild card in this matchup due to the fact that the Chaifetz Arena is no Siegel Center; nothing is like the Siegel Center on GAMEDAY. Along with the Rams looking to make a statement against the top dog of the A-10, what a better place to do it than the Stu right?
Player To Watch: All Of The Rams are going to need to be on their A Game; from the starters to the reserves to the coaching staff. I’m not going to pick a player because I’m going to be watching everyone because this is going to need one of those team play efforts that the Rams are more than accustomed to having in order to dethrone the Billikens.
Friendly Reminder...WEAR GOLD!!!
Come On You Rams! It’s GAMEDAY in the City Of Richmond as your Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University take on the St. Louis Billikens in an Atlantic 10 matchup. The game is set for Tip-Off at 6 PM with the gates to the Stu opening around 4:30 PM!
Head on down to ShakaVille and campout with fellow Rowdies while having a great time getting ready for the biggest game of the season here at Siegel! When is another time you can actually campout at the Stu?! Can’t make it? Head over to Baja Bean where they will be showing the game along with some great specials because HAVOC lives there too.
LET’S GO VCU!
After suffering defeat on the road at St. Josephs, VCU returns home to Siegel Center to take on George Washington which should be a highly emotional contest to say the least.
The Rams were in for a battle Saturday night in Philadelphia at the Hagan Arena when they took on the Hawks of St. Josephs. From the opening tip, both teams traded the lead multiple times as both offenses were in good form in the early minutes trading buckets. St. Josephs was able to get a 14-4 run going and gave themselves some breathing room as they lead 34-26 into halftime. VCU was able to cut the lead late in the game and was in striking distance of taking the lead but St. Josephs was able to hold on and left Hagan Arena with a 69-62 win over the Rams.
Juvonte Reddic lead the Rams in scoring on the night with 17 points along with eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Melvin Johnson had 14 points coming off the bench and Briante Weber had a good shooting night finishing with 11 points. Treveon Graham finished the night with 13 points and eight rebounds.
At the start of the game, VCU appeared to have a good gameplan but once St. Josephs was able to slow down VCU’s defense and play at their own pace, the Rams struggled throughout the night. Once the Hawks set the pace and the tone of the game, VCU could not speed up the flow nor break St. Josephs offense which was the main reason they lost. The officiating was a tad bit shady at times which did not help VCU chances but the culprit to the defeat was that the Rams just couldn’t run wild like they usually do along with too many mistakes on the offensive side of the ball.
Taking a look at the Atlantic 10 standings, St. Louis is still sitting in 1st place at 9-0 after defeating La Salle on the road thanks to a last second lay-up by Jordair Jett. Even with the lost at St. Josephs, VCU still sits in second place at 7-2 but are now tied with their next opponent George Washington.
The Colonials are making the pre-season poll look foolish right now. George Washington was predicted to finish 10th in the A-10 preseason poll yet they are currently 7-2 tied with VCU for 2nd place. This team is not a pretender any longer as George Washington has turned into a legitimate threat that could possibly finish in the Top 4 at the end of the regular season.
In the first match-up between VCU and George Washington it was at the Smith Center in Washington D.C. where the Colonials edged the Rams 76-66 in mid-January. Now with the rematch just a tip-off away, GW comes into Siegel Center after thrashing Fordham 93-67 on their Homecoming night in the Nation’s Capital. The Colonials are on a 2 game winning streak.
As if this game wasn’t important enough considering that this will be a battle for 2nd place in the A-10 between two great teams, for VCU this game kicks-off an intense 7 game run until the end of the season where the Rams hold their own A-10 destiny:
-Sat, Feb. 15: at Saint Louis (1st)
-Fri, Feb. 21: at UMass (T-4th)
-Thurs, Feb. 27: at Fordham (T-10th)
-Sat, March 1: Saint Louis (1st)
-Thurs, March 6: at Richmond (6th)
-Sat, March 8: St. Bonaventure (9th)
A win would be ideal to start things off in the right direction during this challenging run for the Rams. Come Wednesday night it will be a battle of physicality vs. speed and offense vs. defense; George Washington has physical forwards along with guards that can pass and shoot the ball from everywhere. VCU can be physical and love to play at a high tempo and of course HAVOC! will come out to play as well to attempt to rattle the Colonials.
The winner will have sole position of 2nd place in the Atlantic 10. Emotions are running high and Ram Nation is looking to making a statement here at home.
Veto These Colonials
21 Kevin Larsen (6’10, 247. Sophomore), Forward: Larsen had 22 points in the first matchup between VCU and GW which was very impressive along with seven rebounds. He has strength, good hands, and a good rebounder. Defensively, Larsen is good down low but not a blocking threat. This man is very consistent if he starts making buckets so shutting him down early is a must.
32 Isaiah Armwood (6’9”, 208. Senior), Forward: Armwood had a double-double (14 rebounds, 11 points) at the Smith Center when they took on the Rams. He also shot 80% from the field; a physical rebounder and scorer to say the least. Armwood could do a little bit of anything on the court and he can do it well.
11 Kethan Savage (6’3”, 200. Sophomore), Guard: Savage only had four points against the Rams in the first matchup so he will be looking for a better performance in the rematch. Averaging around 13 PPG, Savage is getting better offensively. His steal tally is now up to 36 which is now making Savage an all-around guard in the making. Savage still hasn’t found his shot from 3 point range but anywhere around the mid-range area and Savage can light up the net.
13 Patricio Garino (6’6”, 211. Sophomore), Forward/Guard: Garino went off from the bench against VCU as he had 25 points with seven rebounds and three steals. This guy literally can play any position. He can move, pass, rebound and shoot pretty well which is just what GW needs coming from their reserves. Garino has good stamina and a pretty good vertical along with a good basketball I.Q. If VCU wants to stop him, they to get him rattled and put a lot of defensive pressure on him.
Kazie’s Prediction: 66-76. That was the score from the first battle between these two great teams. VCU is at home for this match-up which is a huge factor and the Rams are in need of some home cooking to get back on track. With 2nd place on the line, both teams are emotionally charged to break away from the pack to solidify a Top 4 spot. 10 points separated these two in the first game, I’m thinking less than that in the re-match. My prediction is weighing on the Stu since GW is 4-3 on the road this season and the Rams…well the Rams are unbeatable at home.
Player To Watch: I’m going to keep my eye on Rob Brandenberg in this match-up. Brandenberg lead VCU with 17 points at the Smith Center and a similar performance will be needed if the Rams want to grab the win on Wednesday night. Number 11 has been playing pretty consistent lately but an onslaught from VCU is in need when taking on George Washington’s physical forwards and I think Brandenberg will help lead that onslaught.
Come On You Rams! It’s GAMEDAY here at the Siegel Center as your Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University take on the Colonials of George Washington. Tip-Off is set for 7:00 PM with the gates of the Stu opening at around 5:30 PM. Can’t make it to the Stu? The game will be broadcasted on NBC Sports Network and Baja Bean will be showing the game along with GAMEDAY specials because HAVOC Lives There Too!
LET’S GO VCU!
VCU laced up their sneakers and gave the Spiders a stomping in the Capital City Classic. Now after a win over their cross-town rival, the Rams battle the Rams from Rhode Island in their next A-10 matchup.
Siegel Center was the place to be early Saturday morning as VCU and Richmond tipped-off this year’s chapter in the Capital City Classic. Ram Nation was at a fever pitch as this highly anticipated battle in the Mother State got underway with 7,741 fans across the arena chanting and screaming at intense levels. The Rams’ offense started things off with a 7-0 run in the opening minutes that turned the volume to the max inside the Stu and lead 34-22 into the half. Richmond’s Kendall Anthony and Cedrick Lindsay literally tried to put the Spiders on their back and lead them to victory but to no avail as it was not enough to stop HAVOC from running wild with a final score of 81-70 in favor of the Black & Gold.
VCU also finished with 6 players recording double digits which also included Treveon Graham with 13 points and eight rebounds, Juvonte Reddic recording yet another double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, JeQuan Lewis putting up 11 points off the bench and Rob Brandenberg scoring 10 points.
Round one of the Capital City Classic showed VCU putting another great team play performance against Richmond. A quick run of offense to get HAVOC revved up along with the fans and it was basically all she wrote. Quick and fluent passes plus some good play calling had Richmond looking dazed and confused on the defensive side of the ball. And of course with Shaka Smart bringing the energy from the sidelines, VCU looked and played like a top A-10 contender on Saturday.
With that win, VCU now stands alone in 2nd place in the Atlantic 10 with a 6-1 record. Rhode Island currently sits in 9th place tied with Dayton and Duquesne at 2-5. The Rams out of Rhode Island sit at .500 with an 11-11 record overall.
“This team can be good when it wants to be” is a way to describe Rhode Island. They were able to defeat LSU on the road and were on the brink of upsetting St. Louis but came up just 1 point short. However, Rhode Island was blown out by SMU, Arizona and Southern Miss out of conference and their only two conference wins were against George Mason which took OT and Dayton.
Before making the trip to Richmond, Rhode Island ironically played at Fordham as the two Rams butted heads at Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx; Fordham was able to pull away in the 2nd half to give them the win over Rhode Island 85-79. Rhody has a four game A-10 run which features at VCU then taking on UMass at home before going up against the two schools Rhode Island are tied for 9th place going up to Dayton then back at home vs. Duquesne.
With 5 consecutive A-10 wins, VCU looks to add number 6 in the version of reigning superior over Rhode Island as another Battle Of The Rams is about to tip-off at the Stu.
Buck These Rams
5 Xavier Munford (6’2”, 180. Senior), Guard: The Senior leader in Rhode Island is making his last run as a Rhody memorable. Leading the team in PPG with 16.8 points and shooting around 40% from the field. Munford does have good court vision with decent passing especially in dangerous situations when he is trapped. He can hustle and the kid does have heart along with great stamina for long games.
55 Gilvydas Birtua (6’8”, 245. Transfer Junior), Forward: Birtua transferred from Rutgers and sat out the 2012-13 season. At Rutgers he was the second best scorer and rebounder for the Scarlet Knights; here at Rhode Island he leads in rebounding with 6.9 RPG while scoring 11.2 PPG. Birtua is a big man with power and has some decent post moves; he does struggle from the free throw line shooting around 68% so wave til’ your arms can’t wave anymore when number 55 takes his shots.
12 Hassan Martin (6’7”, 210. Freshman), Forward: Martin is a very athletic forward that still in the learning process at the college level. He’s averaging 5 points per game but he is starting to get better offensively. At Fordham, Martin was one rebound short of a double-double (10 Points, 9 Rebounds) plus 5 blocks on the defensive side. A confident Martin coming into the Stu for the first time could be just what Rhody needs but this will be his first trip to Siegel so…you know what to do.
Kazie’s Prediction: VCU is in great form and have a Rhode Island team that’s still working on things in front of them. Rhody could possibly surprise VCU with an offensive burst if HAVOC takes a little long to get up to steam to make this a close contest. However with the way VCU is looking I just don’t see that happening. Even with an A-10 Rookie of the Week and a very good Senior guard in Xavier Munford, Rhode Island may put up a good fight but I see VCU landing a hay-maker in the late rounds and picking up the win.
Player To Watch: During the Capital City Classic, I was thoroughly impressed with Mo Alie-Cox and his breakout performance that we all have been hoping for. 6 points, 6 rebounds, 3 MO SAID NO!’s (Blocks). Mo has definitely put in the work to getting better with rebounding and with using that massive body of his putting in second chance points. The question is can he do it again against Rhode Island? He is surely capable and I’m pretty sure he’s hungry for another opportunity to yell MO SAID NO!
Come On You Rams! It’s GAMEDAY here at the Siegel Center as your Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University take on the Rams of Rhode Island in an A-10 Battle. Tip-Off is scheduled for 7:00 PM with the gates to the Stu opening around 5:30 PM! Can’t make it to the Stu? The game will be broadcasted on CBS Sports Network and on full display at Baja Bean where HAVOC lives There Too!
LET’S GO VCU!!!!!
VCU stood superior over Fordham as the Ultimate Ram Wednesday night. Now Richmond awaits VCU to see which of these Virginia rivals will reign supreme amongst the Commonwealth.
Would VCU overlook Fordham? That was one of the many questions looming around Siegel Center Wednesday night. That question was answered in a dominant fashion in the first 20 minutes of the game as VCU outscored Fordham 40-23 and Rob Brandenberg banked the exclamation point from downtown just as time expired. Fordham tried to come up with an answer but to no avail as VCU went on to win the game76-60.
The result gave VCU their 4th consecutive victory in A-10 play which increases their record to 5-1 in conference play and 17-4 overall. This game was a true team effort as all of VCU players had great chemistry at Siegel against Fordham. A few glimpses of bad passes and being out rebounded did show up but overall, VCU played great team basketball. HAVOC was in great shape as well causing 18 turnovers, stealing the ball 11 times and holding Fordham’s Jon Severe to only nine points.
Now with Fordham out of the way, VCU prepares to take on Richmond in a highly anticipated contest here in the Commonwealth with a lot of emotion and bragging rights on the line in the Capital City Classic.
Taking a closer look at the Spiders, this is a good team that plays on emotion; Richmond has height and rebounders down low along with speed and some good shooters. After all, they did beat #21 Massachusetts at the Robins Center about a week ago. They are pretty solid on their home court but on the road Richmond sits at .500 with a 4-4 record.
The odds don’t look to be in the Spiders favor when you add VCU and the Siegel Center into the mix.
The VCU-Richmond rivalry has quite the history between the two Virginia schools. Starting back in 1976, the two have battled 68 times with VCU leading the series at 42-26. The Rams also hold another record in this rivalry which is 26-12; that would be VCU’s record in this rivalry when the game is held at Siegel Center. Over the last 4 meetings, VCU and Richmond has split the meetings with both teams winning on their home court.
With both teams looking to increase their ranking amongst the A-10, the stakes are pretty high. VCU looks to embarrass their neighbor across the pond at the Stu as they continue their pursuit of 1st place in the A-10. Richmond will attempt to do what the road team in this rivalry hasn’t done in over 4 years: win in their opposition’s backyard.
The next chapter of the Capital City Classic is about to tip-off.
Mush These Spiders
0 Kendall Anthony (5’8”, 140: Junior), Guard: Anthony has transformed himself into the 3 point threat for the Spiders. A former A-10 Rookie of the Year, Anthony is 3rd in career 3-point percentage at Richmond (.421). This season thus far Anthony is shooting 38% from downtown while averaging 14 points per game. But can he shoot from anywhere else on the floor? Well he can but let’s just say if he sees an opportunity from three point land, he will pull the trigger in a heartbeat.
33 Alonzo Nelson-Ododa (6’9”, 210: Sophomore), Forward: Nelson-Ododa can be a big problem in the paint for VCU. Standing at 6’9”, Nelson-Ododa is very mobile for a man his size and loves to go after rebounds. He has also gotten better shooting the ball and defensively he leads the Spiders with 50 blocks on the season. Nelson-Ododa wasn’t a factor in St. Louis with 0 points and two rebounds; hopefully lightning strikes twice.
34 Derrick Williams (6’6”, 270: Senior), Forward: The Senior Forward looks to finish his collegiate career at Richmond on a high note with a win over his heated rival. Williams had a decent game against St. Louis finishing with a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) and looks to have an encore at the Stu Saturday morning. A good shooter that can pull from three point land and an excellent rebounder; Williams can also play defense pretty well but can get into foul trouble when rattled.
Kazie’s Prediction: Emotions will be high. Siegel will be rocking. I’m getting a little excited just typing about this game. History wise, VCU is in the driver’s seat since A) VCU is the Home Team and B) VCU is playing at Siegel Center. Richmond will keep this rivalry game close but once the Rams get a run of either offense or defense going, the Stu will turn up to 11 and so will HAVOC. This probably will be a high scoring contest for the Rams but I see Richmond making it a close contest late. Still, Black & Gold will stomp the mush come Saturday morning.
Player To Watch: All of the Rams are feeling rambunctious about this matchup so choosing just one to keep an eye is quite a challenge. But if I had to pick one to watch, I’m gonna go with Treveon Graham. Richmond is going to bring it to VCU at Siegel however I’m visualizing Treveon will have a heavy response due to the Spiders actions. And that may involve Tre stomping a mudhole on a few spiders turning them into mush.
Come On You Rams! It’s GAMEDAY on a SATURDAY MORNING!! Your Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University take on the Richmond Spiders in the Capital City Classic at the Siegel Center. Tip-Off is set for 11 AM with the gates opening around 9:30 AM.
If you are one of the first 500 VCU students in line at the Student Entrance you get a FREE Breakfast Burrito courtesy of Baja Bean!!! Can’t make it to the Stu? The game will be televised on ESPN2 and also will be shown at Baja because HAVOC Lives There Too!
LET’S GO VCU!!!!
Two thrilling back-to-back road wins for the Black & Gold has VCU in the driver’s seat currently in the Atlantic 10 as they look for their fourth straight conference win when Fordham takes a visit to Siegel Center Wednesday night.
The Rams were involved in two gritty contests on the road at Dayton last Wednesday then heading to Philadelphia to take on La Salle last Saturday. At Dayton, VCU dominated the Flyers at the University of Dayton Arena where they have some pretty good history at; something about the First Four to the Final Four thing. Back to present day, VCU was in great form from tip-off to the final buzzer as they defeated Dayton 80-66 on the road.
Treveon Graham led the Rams in scoring with a season-high 34 points along with 12 rebounds for another double-double for number 21. Juvonte Reddic earned A-10 Co-Player of the Week honors after this performance in Philadelphia scoring 27 points and grabbing 15 boards. Briante Weber finished with 12 points, five assists, five steals and four rebounds. Rob Brandeberg had nine points while Jordan Burgess finished with six.
The Fordham Rams have been less than rambunctious sitting at 8-11 overall this season and not having the success they were hoping for come A-10 play time. Fordham did have a rough opening A-10 act taking on Duquesne, Richmond, Dayton and St. Louis which the Rams lost all four of those games. All hope was regained when they defeated George Mason to get their first A-10 win of the season before losing to UMass on the road.
One of the strengths for Fordham is their rebounding. They have a couple of physical forwards that can grab boards with an average of 37.9 RPG. Other than that, Fordham struggles in almost every other category. The Rams have been outscored by their opponents by 3.9 points while averaging only 73.7 points per contest. Speaking of scoring, Fordham shoots 39% from the field team wise and it decreases to 32% when it comes from downtown.
On paper and in between the stat lines, VCU should have a field day with Fordham. However, this is still the Atlantic 10 and anything can happen in the A-10. Anything.
VCU looks to win their fourth consecutive A-10 match-up while Fordham attempts to rebound in A-10 play with a huge conference win on the road.
The Battle of the Rams are about to lock horns. Tip-Off Awaits.
Silence These Rams
0 Branden Frazier (6’3”, 170: Senior), Guard: One of the top A-10 guards is Mr. Frazier here. He can play at any guard position and is an all-around threat; averaging 17.8 PPG with a 40% field goal percentage. Frazier is on a good streak of games against George Mason and Massachusetts stat wise, so he may have the hot hand coming into this contest. He has good ball control and court vision which could be a nightmare if he does indeed have a hot hand.
30 Ryan Rhoomes (6’8”, 235: Sophomore), Forward: A Big Man with a Big Shot is a simple way to describe Rhoomes; leading Fordham in rebounds averaging 7.6 per contest while averaging around 7 points on 65% shooting from the field. Rhoomes can move for a big man around the court with ease and is not afraid of contact. He also has a pretty good vertical which helps his rebounding totals but one thing he struggles at is at the free throw line shooting 58%. In his last contest at UMass, Rhoomes had only one point and one rebound so he will be looking to get back on track against VCU.
24 Bryan Smith (6’2”, 195: Junior), Guard: According to Fordham, Smith is described as a “prolific offensive force”; that has not been the case this season. Smith has been averaging 6.5 points per contest while shooting 33% from the field. There have been glimpse of that offensive force from Smith earlier in the season but this offensive Fordham force has been shut downed since the start of A-10 play. A possible wildcard if the force comes out of his shell but it could be the same song and dance for Smith when he takes on HAVOC in full force at the Stu.
Kazie’s Prediction: After a road trip like that, this would be the case of VCU going on cruise control due to being back at home and against an opponent sitting at the lower portion of the conference. Especially with Richmond coming up on Saturday at the Stu, do I dare say Fordham could be overlooked here? Unfortunately, I don’t see this actually happening especially after that 2 OT thrill-ride up in Philadelphia. The intensity may go down a few notches for this contest but I expect HAVOC to shut down Fordham as VCU gets warmed-up for the Battle at the Capital matchup against The Spiders.
Player To Watch: Fordham averages around 11 turnovers per contest, thus I give the green light to Briante Weber in this one. Briante has gotten better offensively dishing and shooting the ball along with being even more energetic on the defensive side of the ball. He had 5 steals at La Salle, could he do even better than that against Fordham? I think he will.
Come On You Rams! It’s GAMEDAY at the Siegel Center as your Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University take on the Rams of Fordham University in an A-10 matchup. The Rams will lock horns at Tip-Off which is set for 7:00 PM with the gates opening around 5:30 PM Wednesday Night!
LET’S GO VCU!!!