RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - VCU and Richmond renew their rivalry on the basketball court on Saturday afternoon, as the Capital City Classic tips off at the Siegel Center. The Rams are looking to stay on the roll they've been on, while the Spiders are looking to string together some wins of their own.
VCU has dominated this series as of late, winning the last four meetings and eleven of the last 13. The Rams have also been near unbeatable on their own floor, with their only loss in the last two seasons at home coming to now-second ranked Virginia. Richmond's last win in the series came in January of 2013, and to find the last time the Spiders tasted victory at their arch rival's current gym, you have to look all the way back to February of 2001.
The Rams come in with a 17-3 record, 7-0 in Atlantic 10 play. They're riding a 12 game winning-streak, and can tie the longest winning streak in Shaka Smart's tenure with a victory on Saturday. Last time out, VCU smoked George Washington, 72-48.
Richmond is 11-9, 4-3 in conference play, and blew out Duquesne on Wednesday, 86-55. The Spiders are seeking their first true road win of the 2014-2015 season, currently sitting at 0-7 in those contests.
Saturday's meeting will feature a match-up of two floor generals at guard in Briante Weber and Kendall Anthony. Weber averages 3.8 steals per game and leads the nation in steals. He enters this match-up just 17 steals shy of the all-time NCAA career record. Anthony is the Spiders' all-time leader in three pointers and has put together some of his best games against VCU. The senior averages 18 points per game against Richmond's cross-town rival, scoring 31 and 20 points, respectively, in each of their regular season meetings in 2014.
Treveon Graham leads VCU with 16.7 points per game, while Melvin Johnson checks in with 13.3. Anthony drops 16 points per contest to pace the Spiders, with Terry Allen (11.8 ppg) and T.J. Cline (11.3 ppg) also average double figures on the season.
Tip-off is set for 2:00pm on Saturday at the Siegel Center.