Mar 17, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Saint Louis Billikens guard Kwamain Mitchell (3) drives around Virginia Commonwealth Rams guard Darius Theus (10) during the first half of the championship game of the Atlantic 10 at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
(KSDK Sports) - It'll be the #1 Saint Louis Billikens against the #2 VCU Rams in today's Atlantic-10 Conference Championship on Sunday afternoon.
Saint Louis has been absolutely dominant this season as they outperformed most people's expectations and currently sit as the #16 team in the nation with their 26-6 overall record. The #1 seed Billikens have won their past 15 out of 16 games, and tore it up in conference action this season going 13-3 edging out VCU for first place.
The Billikens defense has been the linchpin of their team this season, as they often hold their opponents in the mid 50's. In fact, only one team has scored over 70 points on the Billikens this season, and it happened to be Fordham who was not a very high powered offense finishing in 15th place in the A-10 standings.
Dwayne Evans has been solid in his junior season as he leads the team in scoring with 13.3 points per game, as well as rebounding with 7.6 RPG. Saint Louis boasts notable victories over New Mexico, Butler, VCU, and Valpo, but did manage to suffer two bad losses to Rhode Island and Santa Clara.
The Billikens served the Rams a 76-62 beat down back on February 19 in Saint Louis. Saint Louis prides on their defense, and it clearly showed in the game against VCU.
The Billikens held VCU without a field goal for almost ten minutes and allowed just eight first half field goals for the Rams. VCU is no write off by any means here, as they look to take down an A-10 championship in their first season in the conference.
Both teams are very well coached and play extremely aggressive defense, and aren't too shabby on the offensive end as both teams are nationally ranked and both are eager to punch their ticket to the NCAA tournament next week.
The #2 seeded Rams knocked off the St. Joseph's Hawks in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic-10 tournament, after receiving a first round bye. VCU continued their solid play in the semi-finals as they knocked off the pesky Massachusetts Minutemen 71-62 and punched their ticket to the Atlantic-10 finals.
The Rams battled back and forth with UMass for most of the game, but hit some late clutch shots which helped them edge out the Minutemen in the final minutes en route to the victory. VCU did not have the best shooting game, going just 35% from the field, but made up for it with their havoc style defense which forced a whopping 23 total turnovers and recorded 12 steals against UMass.
Troy Daniels stepped it up late and paved the way with 20 points on 6 three pointers, in what was an overall balanced attack for the Rams. VCU is likely headed to the March madness tournament either way, but would love to take down the Billikens who got the best of them earlier this season.