VCU (17-10, 7-7) vs. UMass (12-15, 6-8)
William D. Mullins Center, Amherst, Massachusetts; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: UMass looks to extend VCU’s conference losing streak to five games. VCU’s last A10 win came against the Davidson Wildcats 73-62 on Feb. 7. UMass is coming off a 57-49 win over Fordham on Saturday.
TEAM LEADERSHIP: UMass’ Tre Mitchell has averaged 16.8 points and 6.6 rebounds while Carl Pierre has put up 12.7 points. For the Rams, Marcus Santos-Silva has averaged 12.6 points and nine rebounds while De’Riante Jenkins has put up 10.6 points and 4.1 rebounds.MIGHTY MITCHELL: Mitchell has connected on 28 percent of the 93 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 4 for 16 over the last three games. He’s also made 70.8 percent of his free throws this season.
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UNBEATEN WHEN: VCU is a perfect 7-0 when the team makes at least 78.6 percent of its free throws. The Rams are 10-10 when they shoot below 78.6 percent from the line.
LONG-RANGE THREAT: UMass’s Pierre has attempted 198 3-pointers and connected on 34.8 percent of them, and is 6 of 24 over his last three games.
GETTING DEFENSIVE: VCU has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 25.2 percent of all possessions this year, the eighth-highest rate among all Division I teams. That figure has slipped to 22.7 percent during the team’s four-game losing skid, however.