Preview: VCU Faces Davidson in A-10 Tournament Quarterfinals

VCU's Bones Hyland puts up a shot during the 2021 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament championship game.
VCU's Bones Hyland puts up a shot during the 2021 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament championship game. Photo credit Getty Images

After Davidson's 65-54 win over St. Bonaventure on Wednesday (March 8) in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Wildcats now move on to face VCU in the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Thursday (March 9).

With the Rams taking the conference's regular-season title, the Black and Gold clinched the top seed and a double bye for the tournament, not having to play until the quarterfinals Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m.

Adam Epstein and VCU Ram Nation's Mat Shelton-Eide sat down and previewed the Rams' chances for the next morning's game on Wednesday afternoon in New York. Epstein asked Shelton-Eide what he remembered most about VCU's season sweep of the Wildcats -- the first game won by 17 in Richmond, the second by two in North Carolina.

"I remember the first one -- we couldn't miss a three, which was a lot of fun," Shelton-Eide said. "[The] second one, we couldn't make a three. Literally, we made none [...] but we still won on the road, which is really tough, and that speaks to just what this VCU team can do."

Davidson finished the season at 8-10 in the conference, 15-15 overall.

"I'll be honest with you, I didn't want to play St. Bonaventure because they beat us this year," Epstein said. "[...] I get it, it's hard to beat a team three times in one year, the Rams are going to have to do that against Davidson, but I didn't want to face a team that had beaten us at the Siegel Center."

The duo also debated whether rival Dayton has an easier route to the final over VCU.

"Way easier," Shelton-Eide said. "I was praying that -- I wanted Duquesne to win at Fordham in the final game of the season, and if that had happened, both of them would've been on our side of the bracket and St. Louis would've been on the other side.

"I just think the way things played out -- you've got Davidson, which is ridiculous as an eight-seed, to have St. Louis and [George] Mason, they're on a win streak. Basically, realisticially, there's more balance in the top half of the bracket. Dayton has the easiest two-seed path I've ever seen in [the] Atlantic 10 tournament."

You can hear more from the segment at the link below.

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