RICHMOND, Va. - The
Stetson men's basketball team will play its first road game since the
season-opener taking on VCU Wednesday night in Richmond. The Rams (3-3) host the Hatters (2-2) at 7:30
p.m. in the first ever meeting between these two teams.
"It's going to be a real challenge," Stetson head coach
Casey Alexander said of the game against the Rams. "Obviously [VCU head coach] Shaka Smart has
done a great job with that team. They play hard, they're great defensively, and
it's a tough environment, so it will be a fun - fun might not be the right word
- it will be a great challenge for our team."
In just three seasons at VCU, Smart has turned the Rams'
program into household name, winning the CBI postseason tournament in his first
season, making an upset run to the final four in 2010-11, and then returning to
the NCAA Tournament's Third Round just a season ago. VCU has compiled a record of 87-31 under
Smart, which includes this year's 3-3 start.
The 2012-13 version of the Rams seems to have the same
qualities that has made the program so successful the past few years. The team's aggressive style of defense
allowed VCU to lead the nation in steals per game (10.6) and turnover margin
(+6.5) a year ago, and through six games in 2012-13, the Rams are recording
steals at 10.8 per contest.
Taking care of the ball was an issue for Stetson last
season, but over the first four games of the season that has been anything but
an issue for the Hatters. The team
currently holds a 1.58 assist-to-turnover ratio, tallying 74 helpers to just 48
turnovers, which is much improved over last year's mark of 0.84.
Overall, Stetson has shown a number of improvements during
the start of the second season under Alexander, which has included the first
back-to-back 20-point victories since the year 2000. The Hatters' only two losses have been
single-digit defeats to the ACC's Miami and the Big East's USF.
Fans can listen to Wednesday night's game on the radio at
WSBB 1230 AM in New Smyrna, 1490 AM in DeLand, or online at www.myam1230.com. There will be no audio on GoHatters.com. VCUAthletics.com's Ram TV will also have a live video
stream of the game. Live Stats, the
@StetsonMBB Twitter feed, and Hat-Alerts are also available for in-game