VCU returns to Siegel Center to host George Washington

Shaka Smart discusses returning home, "different" GW team

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - It's been awhile since the Rowdy Rams got to see their VCU hoops team hit the court at the Siegel Center, 17 days to be exact, but Tuesday Shaka Smart and company return to their home floor for a battle with George Washington.

The 14th-ranked Rams enter with a 16-3 record, 6-0 in the Atlantic 10, and on an eleven game winning streak. Their last three victories have all been hard-fought road wins, one without Treveon Graham, and most recently a win at Saint Louis, thanks to a Graham lay-up with 0.8 seconds remaining on the clock. VCU is second in the league in scoring, averaging 75.1 points per game and also leads in steals and turnover margin. The Rams' 10.4 steals per game is more than three steals better than the rest of the conference, and is good enough for third in the nation.

Treveon Graham continues to rank third in the league in scoring at 17.3 ppg and tenth in boards at 6.8 rpg. Briante Weber's 3.9 steals per game not only lead the Atlantic 10, but the nation as well.

George Washington is 16-4 overall, 6-1 in the A-10, and has won four in a row since suffering its first league loss to La Salle. The Colonials only give up 59.3 ppg and lead the conference in rebounding margin. Patricio Garino is GW's leading scorer at 13.6 ppg, while Kevin Larsen adds a big post presence for the Colonials, averaging eleven points and 7.3 rebounds per outing.

Last season, VCU took two of three from George Washington, including a Ram win in Brooklyn in the Atlantic 10 semifinals. The Colonials only win against the Rams last year was in Washington, DC. VCU showed it was able to show up offensively against GW, averaging 77.3 ppg in the three meetings.

Tip off for Tuesday's game is set for 7:00pm at the Siegel Center.

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