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Simply put, VCU is rolling, and they are rolling teams on a nightly basis.

The Rams dispatched their fifth-straight opponent by a double-digit margin, this time in a rematch against fellow 2011 First 4 participant UAB, downing the Blazers 68-49 in front of a capacity crowd in Richmond.

The Rams used a swarming defense to limit Alabama Birmingham to just 49 points on the night, forcing 23 turnovers in the win, their second 20+ performance in as many games.

Freshman Treveon Graham came off the bench to lead all scorers with 18 points in just 23 minutes of play. Graham also matched sophomore big Juvonte Reddic with a team high 6 rebounds on the night.

Reddic chipped in 16 points of his own, hitting 8-of-9 attempts in 24 minutes of action.

Point guards Darius Theus and Briante Weber continued their pestering defense of opposing guards, combining for 7 steals on the evening.

Theus added a game high eight assists to just two turnovers in the win.

The win moves VCU to 8-3 heading into a road contest at UNC Greensboro on Thursday night. The Rams will look to avoid a Spartan trap, as UNCG has struggled early on, winning just two of their twelve contests, including home losses to North Carolina A&T, Elon and ECU.

The trek to Greensboro kicks off a three-game road trip that ends January 2nd at Hofstra.

The Rams return to the Siegel Center January 4th to take on a surging Georgia State (8-3) team that has won six of their last eight in blowout fashion.

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VCU School of the Arts (BFA ’07) and Center for Sport Leadership (M.Ed. ’10) alumnus, Mat has followed VCU basketball since the Sunbelt days when he’d attend games with his father. Worked as a graduate assistant in the VCU Sports Information Department for the ’09-’10 season, but has covered VCU basketball for VCURamNation.com since 2007.