No. 8 VCU vs. No. 1 Rhode Island
Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals | Capital One Center
Tip-Off: Friday, March 9, 12 p.m. EST
NBCSN | Live Stats | Audio | Game Notes
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rhode Island will face No. 8 VCU in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship Friday at noon. VCU held off No. 9 Dayton, 77-72, in the second round of the tournament Thursday.
The game will be a rematch of last year's A-10 championship game, won by Rhode Island, 70-63.
Rhode Island – which earned the top seed by winning the first outright regular-season A-10 title in program history – faced VCU on Feb. 2, winning 81-68 on the road. In the first meeting, sophomore Cyril Langevine had a career-best 18 rebounds and added 12 points for the double-double. Redshirt Senior E.C. Matthews added 18 points while senior Jared Terrell had 16 points.
Friday's game will be aired on NBCSN, with Paul Burmeister handling the play-by-play and Jordan Cornette serving as the color anayst. David Kaplan will be the sideline reporter.
Steve McDonald and Don Kaull will have the radio call for Rhode Island fans on 920 AM.
RHODE ISLAND AT THE ATLANTIC 10 CHAMPIONSHIP
- For the first time in program history, Rhode Island is the No. 1 seed at the Atlantic 10 Championship.
- URI clinched the top seed with its Feb. 23 win over Dayton, sealing the first regular-season A-10 title in program history.
- The Rams are the defending A-10 Champions after last season's three-game run through the conference tournament.
- Rhody has earned one of the top four seeds - and the bye into the A-10 quarterfinals - in three of the last four seasons.
- In 58 games all-time in the Atlantic 10 Championship, the Rams are 25-33.
- Rhode Island has advanced to the A-10 semifinals 13 times. The Rams are 5-8 in semifinal games.
- In five all-time appearances in the A-10 title game, Rhody is 2-3, with victories in 1999 and 2017.
- Head coach Dan Hurley is 4-3 at the Atlantic 10 Championship.
- Over the last two seasons, the Rams are 4-1 in the conference tournament.
- After not making the tournament field in his first season with the Rams, Hurley has won at least one tournament game in three of the last four seasons.