RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Both VCU and Richmond hit the road on Saturday in hopes of picking up crucial conference wins as we hit the home stretch of the regular season. The Rams take on George Washington in Foggy Bottom, while the Spiders head to Fairfax to face George Mason.
VCU comes in looking to avoid its first ever three-game losing streak under Shaka Smart. The Rams lost a double-overtime heart-breaker to La Salle at the Siegel Center on Wednesday, after losing on a buzzer-beater at St. Bonaventure this past Saturday. They've lost three of their last four contests and are now 8-3 in Atlantic 10 play, part of a four way tie for first.
Earlier this season, the Rams took care of the Colonials in Richmond with a 72-48 win, but that was also with Briante Weber and Treveon Graham. Now they'll look to pick up a road in in a tough environment without Weber and with Graham as a game-time decision.
The Spiders face a George Mason squad that they beat, 75-65, at the Robins Center last month. Richmond is coming off a 73-71 win over Fordham this past Wednesday, but is still finding its fair share of struggles away from home. Richmond has just one true road victory on the season, a January 31 upset victory over VCU.
Richmond will be playing without forward Alonzo Nelson-Ododa, who had a follow-up appointment on his surgically repaired orbital bone on Friday afternoon. The junior forward's timetable still remains indefinite after that appointment.
VCU and George Washington tip off at 2:00, while Richmond and George Mason begin at 4:00.