Richmond universities to face-off at Barclays

Alonzo Small
Sports Editor

Barclays Center will host round three of VCU and University of Richmond storied rivalry.

On Friday, March 13, both teams will face in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals to earn a shot to semifinals.

Against U of R this season, the Rams have lost twice: losing at Stuart C. Siegel Center 64-55 and on Richmond home court at the Robins Center 67-63 in double overtime.

Both teams faced each other three times last season with VCU defeating U of R in the A-10 quarterfinals 71-53.

In two games against Richmond this season, Treveon Graham forward/guard averaged 21.5 points and 8.5 rebounds.

“No matter where it is, it’s going to be a good game when we step on the floor because we’re competitors, said Graham. “Both of us are competitors, and when we get on the floor, we want to win.”

The game will be the 74th meeting between the two rivaling schools.

A Richmond win would complete a 3-0 series sweep this year. Last year’s Rams achieved the same feat. VCU has won four of the previous six matchups.

Junior Melvin Johnson scored 17 points total both matchups this season shooting a combined  3-10 behind the arc. The Bronx native feels the rivalry exceeds basketball.

“It’s like the city campus versus the private campus,” said Johnson.

VCU enters the game 2-0 in quarterfinal conference games.


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