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Game Preview: VCU at UMass [INSIDER]

It’s hard to believe it’s come to this, but tonight preseason A-10 No.1 VCU looks to maintain control of eighth place in the conference standings against the nation’s fifth youngest team, the UMass Minutemen. A home win by UMass tonight and Matt McCall’s squad would leapfrog the Rams in the standings via what would be an equal 7-8 record, but with winner taking the head-to-head tie-breaker. The Rams fell to .500 in the conference standings following the road loss at Saint Louis and have almost locked themselves out of the A-10 top-4 and the double-bye that comes with it. From here on out it’s all about securing the best four-game path through Brooklyn, which statistically most likely lives on the 6/7 line, a line that would avoid No.4 (nationally-ranked) Dayton and pair up VCU in a number of possible revenge contests the Rams would hope to win on their way to a Sunday matchup for an automatic bid at Barclays.
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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...