[sws_yellow_box]Who: VCU (5-3) vs. Richmond (6-2)
When: Friday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m. on ESPN2
Where: Verizon Wireless Arena at Stuart C. Siegel Center[/sws_yellow_box]
- All-time series: VCU leads 40-25
- Last time out: Richmond pummeled VCU 72-60 behind 21 points from Kevin Anderson and 16 from Justin Harper. Jamie Skeen led VCU with 14 points, Ed Nixon added 13 and Bradford Burgess had 11.
- This will be the 11th meeting between two NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 teams from last year. The average margin of victory in the first 10 games has been seven points.
- VCU is 8-2 in its last 10 meetings with Richmond and only four of those games have been decided by single digits.
- Thirty-eight of the 65 meetings between VCU and Richmond have been decided by single digits.
- Much like VCU, Richmond is currently in a reloading phase after losing its top three scorers – Justin Harper, Kevin Anderson and Dan Geriot – to graduation.
- VCU is led by senior Bradford Burgess, who is averaging 14.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Burgess has put up double-digit points in his last seven games. Friday night will mark Burgess’ fourth and final game against Richmond. He has started in all three meetings and holds a 2-1 mark against them.
- Richmond is led by sixth-man freshman guard Kendall Anthony, who is averaging 15.4 points per game.
Projected starting lineups
- F/C Darrius Garrett, 6-9, 210, Sr.
- F Francis-Cedric Martel, 6-6, 205, Sr.
- G Cedrick Lindsay, 6-1, 190, So.
- G Darien Brothers, 6-3, 200, Jr.
- F Juvonte Reddic, 6-9, 235, So.
- C D.J. Haley, 7-0, 250, So.
- G Darius Theus, 6-3, 200, Jr.
- G Rob Brandenberg, 6-2, 180, So.
- G/F Bradford Burgess, 6-6, 225, Sr.
What they are saying
Senior guard/forward Bradford Burgess
On losing last year’s contest: [sws_blockquote_endquote cite=”Bradford Burgess” quotestyle=”style02″]It’s a big one Friday. I definitely want to win it, especially with the way things went down last year. They beat us pretty good over at their place so it’d be great to play those guys back.[/sws_blockquote_endquote]
On Richmond guard Kendall Anthony: [sws_blockquote_endquote cite=”Bradford Burgess” quotestyle=”style02″]They have quick guards, especially him, he’s made such an impact so early being a freshman, and we’ll just have to be a team defense on him as well as their other guards and try to stop him, one versus five.[/sws_blockquote_endquote]
On locker room talk: [sws_blockquote_endquote cite=”Bradford Burgess” quotestyle=”style02″]We were just saying how it wasn’t much of a game last year. It was all them and not much of us and we just wanted to make a better effort coming out this time and redeem ourselves from last time.[/sws_blockquote_endquote]
On final meeting with Richmond: [sws_blockquote_endquote cite=”Bradford Burgess” quotestyle=”style02″]It’s my last game against Richmond, and I definitely want to go out with a win. It means a lot to me and a lot of people in this program and to the city to see who comes out with this victory Friday.[/sws_blockquote_endquote]
Junior guard Troy Daniels
On Richmond rivalry: [sws_blockquote_endquote cite=”Troy Daniels” quotestyle=”style02″]Last year, everybody knows what happened. It’s definitely a big rivalry, one of the biggest rivalries that I will ever play in in my career. We definitely just want to get back at them.[/sws_blockquote_endquote]