Richmond, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
The two cities can add a chapter to their historic rivalry with a Game! Of! The! Night! between VCU and George Washington on Tuesday night.
VCU, you may have heard, is pretty good at defense. Havoc was the hot slogan last year and despite the Rams receiving little fanfare from the polls and national media they are still the same team that breaks spirits and point guards. The press is as effective as ever, the Rams cause turnovers on 27 percent of their defensive possessions, which is tops in the nation again this season. VCU has lost just three games on the season and the common denominator is this: the Rams can struggle on offense, shooting 37 percent or less from the floor in all three losses. Poor shooting makes it tough for the Rams to set up the press, which in turn makes it harder for the Rams to score.
George Washington hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament since 2007, but is on the upswing under head coach Mike Lonergan who came over from Vermont in 2011. The Colonials play at a deliberate pace (68.7 possessions per 40) which should help against the unrelenting VCU press and rank in the top 60 in offensive points per possession (1.084) and defensive PPP (.948). GW also takes care of the ball well, turning it over only 11.5 times a game. The key might be point guard Joe McDonald, who has only turned the ball over more than twice in two games this season, but one of those times was an eight turnover blowout at Kansas State on New Year's Eve. If McDonald can handle the Havoc he can give G-Dub a chance at a victory.
The game starts at 7 p.m. on the east coast and is on CBS Sports Network, its not pixlvision, but it's about the next closest thing.
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