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Who Will Make It to the A-10 Quarterfinals

#8 Fordham Rams vs. #9 Richmond Spiders

Previous Meetings
Jan. 10 @ Fordham – Richmond 93 Fordham 82
Feb. 13 @ Richmond – Richmond 71 Fordham 67

I like Richmond in this game. Richmond is one of my sleeper teams coming into this weekend’s tournament. Richmond has a high-powered offense that is more than capable of withstanding the defense of any Atlantic 10 team. While the Spiders have disappointed this season after their fourth place finish in the A-10 last season, the tournament could give them some new life as a win against the Rams could give them confidence going into a Friday afternoon game against the Dayton Flyers.

Richmond 82 Fordham 73

#5 George Washington Colonials vs. #13 Saint Louis Billikens

Previous Meeting
Feb. 6 @ Saint Louis – Saint Louis 65 George Washington 62

The Billikens come into today’s game with a win against the George Mason Patriots last night, 83-78. Even though they upset GW two months ago, I’m taking the Colonials in today’s game. George Washington head coach, Mike Lonergan will have his guys rested and ready to avenge their January loss. Kevin Larsen could have a big day against the Billikens in the post. Do not expect the Billikens to score 80 or more in back-to-back games as they are the second-to-worst team in the conference in scoring offense.

George Washington 78 Saint Louis 62

#7 Rhode Island Rams vs. #10 Massachusetts Minutemen

Previous Meetings
Feb. 2 @ Massachusetts – Massachusetts 61 Rhode Island 56
Mar. 2 @ Rhode Island – Rhode Island 68 Massachusetts 50

This is one of the trickiest games to predict. While Rhode Island is the better team on paper, however how many guys on paper can play for them? You cannot help but to feel bad for them, since this was supposed to be their year at the top of the Atlantic 10. Rhody did defeat UMass last week with only seven guys getting quality minutes. Rhody has enough to beat UMass, but will they have enough in the tank at the end to do it is the question. UMass will look to play fast to try to wear down the Rams and the Rams will likely play at a slower pace. It will likely come down to which team can impose their style. The game could go either way, but I’m taking the Minutemen in a nail-biter.

UMass 74 Rhode Island 72

#6 Davidson Wildcats vs. #14 La Salle Explorers

Previous Meeting
Feb 10 @ Davidson – Davidson 79 La Salle 66

The gameplan for any team going against the Wildcats is simple, stop Jack Gibbs. Easier said than done. However, the Explorers did that in their last matchup limiting Gibbs to eight points, but they still lost. Think about what could happen if Jack Gibbs has a decent day. The same can be said for any team that oppose Davidson.

Davidson 87 La Salle 68

Friday Predictions

#1 Dayton Flyers vs. #9 Richmond Spiders
#4 St. Joseph’s Hawks vs. #5 George Washington Colonials
#2 VCU Rams vs. #10 Massachusetts Minutemen
#3 St. Bonaventure Bonnies vs. #6 Davidson Wildcats

WVCW Sports Update: January 19-25

Jequan Lewis has averaged 14 points and six assists in conference play Photo Credit: WVCW
JeQuan Lewis has averaged 14 points and six assists in conference play.
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Men’s Basketball: Current Record (15-5, 7-0) (AP: RV, USA Today: RV)

On Wednesday, the VCU Rams defeated the Duquesne Dukes 93-71 in what was the first of two sellout crowds this week at the Siegel Center. The Rams never trailed during the game while shooting 53% from the field. The Rams shot 52% from the field. Doug Brooks and Mo Alie-Cox led the Rams in scoring with 16 points. Brooks and Alie-Cox both had impressive efforts on the defensive side of the ball as Brooks gathered five steals and Alie-Cox had four blocks.

On what was supposed be a Saturday afternoon basketball game, VCU defeated the St. Bonaventure Bonnies 84-76 on Sunday afternoon. The win for VCU was their 10th straight victory keeping their lead in the Atlantic 10 conference. Also, it is the second consecutive that the Rams have started 7-0 in conference play. JeQuan Lewis finished the game with 26 points, seven assists, two steals and zero turnovers. VCU led for the majority of the first half before the Bonnies took the lead at the end of the half 34-33 courtesy of a tip-in from Denzel Gregg. St. Bonaventure guard, Marcus Posley caught fire at the beginning of the second half scoring the Bonnies first 16 points of the half giving them a 50-41 lead with 13:32 to go in the game. VCU would come close to retaking the lead multiple times but would not until Mo Alie-Cox converted on a tip-in with 6:40 left in the game. The Rams did not trail for the remainder of the game going up by as much as 13 before the final buzzer. Posley led all scorers with 30 points.

This Week: VCU will travel to Davidson, North Carolina to face the Davidson Wildcats this Friday at 6:00

Women’s Basketball: Current Record (13-6, 2-4)

The VCU Rams fell to the George Mason Patriots 70-54 in a Wednesday night tilt in Fairfax, Virginia. Patriots guard, Taylor Brown had a game-high 21 points with five rebounds. The Rams shot 33% from the field while Ashley Pegram was the only player for VCU to finish in double figures with 11 points. The Patriots had an efficient night offensively shooting 53% from the field en route to their eighth victory of the season.

VCU’s game at the University of Richmond that was originally scheduled for Sunday at the Robins Center has been pushed to Monday January 25 at 7:00 at the Siegel Center. The Rams and the Spiders will play each other at the Robins Center on Sunday, February 14 at 3:00.

This Week: VCU will face the Richmond Spiders at the Siegel Center tonight at 7:00. VCU will also host the Fordham Rams Wednesday night at 7:00 and the Duquesne Dukes on Sunday January 31 at 1:00.

Men’s Tennis

This Week: VCU will travel to Bloomington, Indiana for a pair of matches as they will face the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday and the Marquette Golden Eagles on Sunday.

Women’s Tennis

This Week: The VCU Rams will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina to face North Carolina State at 4:00.

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field

VCU will participate in the GMU Patriot Games on Saturday in Fairfax, Virginia.

 

WVCW Sports Recap: January 11-17

Men’s Basketball: Current Record (13-5, 5-0)

VCU Rams smoked the Fordham Rams 88-54 on Wednesday night. Sophomore Justin Tillman led the Rams in scoring with a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Tillman’s double-double was his third one this season. VCU took the game by storm scoring the first points of the game and never trailed Fordham. VCU shot 61% from the field in the game. Defensively, the Black and Gold scored 28 points off of 18 Fordham turnovers.

The Rams followed up with a road victory against the Richmond 94-89 in overtime. Jequan Lewis finished the game with 29 points. Both teams played a hard fought game to the end as the lead changed 20 times and featured 11 ties. Justin Tillman tied the game with 35 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime tied at 84. Melvin Johnson hit a pair of free throws to give VCU the 90-89 lead with 2:05 to go in overtime. Richmond’s, Terry Allen, missed a go-ahead jumper from the free throw line with four seconds left. Melvin Johnson hit another pair of free throws and Mo Alie-Cox sealed the deal with a steal off an inbound pass that led to a dunk.

This Week: VCU will host the Duquesne Dukes (12-6, 2-3) at Wednesday at 7:00 and the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (12-4, 4-1) on Saturday at 2:30.

Women’s Basketball: Current Record (13-5, 2-3)

The VCU Women’s Basketball rebounded after losing back-to-back games by defeating the Dayton Flyers 74-72. Keira Robinson scored a season-high 20 points with nine assists. VCU went up with an Isis Thorpe three-pointer with 8:01 to go in the third and never trailed for the remainder of the game. Dayton cut the lead down to one with 30 seconds to go, but the Rams held them off. The win for the Rams was their first ever win against the Flyers after losing the previous four games.

However, the Rams fell to the Davidson Wildcats at home Sunday evening 56-50. Mackenzie Latt and Dakota Dukes both finished with 18 points for Wildcats. The Wildcats went on an 11-0 run between the final 2:47 of the third quarter and the first 2:24 of the fourth quarter to obtain their largest lead of the game of 13 points, 50-37. The Rams were able to cut the deficit down to two, 52-50, with 1:02 to go, but VCU would get no closer. Davidson hit four free throws down the stretch to ice the game. Isis Thorpe led the Rams in scoring 17 points.

This Week: The Rams will travel to Fairfax, Virginia on Wednesday to face the George Mason Patriots (7-11, 2-3). Following their game against George Mason, the Rams will travel to the Robins Center to face the Richmond Spiders (9-9, 2-3) on Sunday at 3:00.

Men’s Tennis

VCU won all four of their matches this weekend in the VCU 4-1 Invitational at Thalhimer Tennis Center hosting Morgan State, Howard, and Georgetown. On Saturday, the Rams defeated the Morgan State Bears and the Howard Bison 5-0. VCU followed up with two more victories on Sunday defeating the Georgetown Hoyas 4-1 and Morgan State 5-0. VCU senior Michal Voscek was the only player to win all four of his matches in straight sets.

This Week: VCU will host the Radford Highlanders and the Norfolk State Spartans in the VCU 4-1 Invitational on Saturday at the Thalhimer Tennis Center. Action starts at 11:00.

Track & Field

The Men’s and Women’s Track & Field team participated in the Hampton Tri-Meet in Hampton, Virginia with the Norfolk State Spartans and the Hampton Pirates. The men finished third in Hampton Tri-Meet on Wednesday and the women finished in first place. Calvin Wood was the lone Ram on the men’s team to win an event finishing in first in the one mile run. Iman Lee, Elizabeth Stump, Emily Dyke, and Briana Ratchford finished in first place in their respective events (400 Meter Dash, One Mile Run, 3000 Meter Run, and Shot Put).

This Week: Both the Men’s and Women’s teams will participate in the Virginia Tech Hokie Invitational on Friday.

Women’s Tennis

This Week: VCU will take on the Georgetown Hoyas and the Morgan State Bears on Friday. On Saturday, they will take on Atlantic 10 foe, the George Mason Patriots, and the Howard Bison. All four matches will be a part of the VCU 4-1 Invitational at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.

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All In: VCU Wins A-10 Opener 71-47

Richmond, Va. – VCU (9-5, 1-0) defeated George Mason (6-8, 0-1) in their conference opener 71-47. Melvin Johnson led the Rams in scoring with 22 points. The win for the Rams was their fourth consecutive win. Johnson moved to 21st on the all-time VCU scoring list with points.

Havoc reigned supreme in the first few minutes of the first half as the Rams forced the Patriots to commit three early turnovers. George Mason did not get their first field goal until the 13:44 mark in the first half after starting 0-7. Midway through the first half, VCU separated themselves from the Patriots by going on a 13-0 run and outscored the Patriots 20-8 in the final 8:16 of the half. Melvin Johnson was the head of the snake scoring 13 points in the half. VCU’s defense did not allow Mason’s leading scorer, Shevon Thompson, to score and limited him to one shot in the half.

VCU’s offense started the second half off cold as they were not able to score for over three minutes. The Patriots were able to trim VCU’s lead down to six. VCU would begin to assert themselves defensively forcing the Patriots to commit six turnovers in a six minute stretch. The Rams would capitalize on the turnovers by going on a 10-0 run to get a 47-31 lead with 11:08 to go. The Rams would go up by as much as 26 as they were able to cruise to victory. Ahmed Hamdy provided a punch off the bench scoring all 16 of his points in the half. He had eight rebounds to complement his scoring total.

“Guys are all in,” Melvin Johnson said after the game. “There’s no ulterior motive. At this point, guys just genuinely care about winning. There’s more smiles, details are handled better, and it’s just a better chemistry. It’s fun to be playing around these guys when we’re playing like this. Even if we lost today, I’m still in love with the way we embraced each other.”

After going 4-1 on their five game homestand, the Ram will travel to Philadelphia for their next game on Tuesday to take on the St. Joseph Hawks. Opening tip is set for 7:00.

Golden Victory: VCU Defeats the Ospreys 80-68

Richmond, Va. – The VCU Rams picked up their third consecutive victory against the North Florida Ospreys Wednesday night 80-68. Melvin Johnson led the team in scoring with 23 points. VCU was able to get contributions elsewhere as Mo Alie-Cox scored a career-high 19 points and Korey Billbury finished with 22 points off the bench. Jequan Lewis only scored four points, but had a career-high 10 assists and three steals.

North Florida got off to a quick start in the first half jumping out to a 9-0 lead, but the Rams charged back with nine points to tie the game. Both teams alternated the lead before the Rams took control of the game jumping out to an eight-point lead at halftime. North Florida shot 50% in the first half, but had a hard time holding on to the ball in the halfcourt turning the ball over 10 times.

The Rams were able to carry the momentum they established in the first half into the second half shooting 57% from the field. Melvin Johnson and Korey Billbury hit a trio of shots from behind the arc to further establish pull away from the Ospreys. Mo Alie-Cox asserted himself down low scoring 13 of his 19 points in the half, including a dunk that blew the roof off the Siegel Center. The Rams went up by as much as 18 after a layup from Ahmed Hamdy, 61-43. The Ospreys would not go away as they cut the deficit down to eight with 2:51 to go. This was the closest the Ospreys would get as the Rams would pull away from the Ospreys.

North Florida’s, Dallas Moore, scored a team-high 24 points. North Florida, known for their three-point shooting making 12.9 per game (first in the nation), was held in check as they were 5-18 from downtown.

“Now we got some momentum,” VCU coach Will Wade said emphatically after the game. “We’ve won three in a row. You want to go into the conference season winning. I think we’re as tested or more tested than any team in our conference. Now, we have to continue to play well, continue to get better, understand what’s led to our winning streak, and us playing better.”

With the win, VCU improves to 8-5 as they finished their out-of-conference play. The Rams start conference play with this Saturday at the Siegel Center when they take on the George Mason Patriots. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00.

Happy New Year!

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