When: 6:05 tonight
Where: Koch Arena
Records: VCU 20-8, WSU 22-5
Radio: KNSS, 1330-AM
TV: ESPN2, Ch. 33
Pos VCU (20-8) Ht Yr Pts Reb
F Juvonte Reddic 6-9 Fr. 3.5 2.1
C Jamie Skeen 6-9 Sr. 14.6 7.7
G Bradford Burgess 6-6 Jr. 13.8 6.1
G Ed Nixon 6-4 Sr. 7.6 2.6
G Joey Rodriguez 5-10 Sr. 10.7 x-4.4
Wichita State (22-5)
F Graham Hatch 6-4 Sr. 5.4 2.6
F Ben Smith 6-4 Jr. 7.3 2.1
F Gabe Blair 6-8 Sr. 6.6 6.0
C J.T. Durley 6-7 Sr. 11.3 5.1
G Toure Murry 6-4 Jr. 10.1 5.1
G Joe Ragland 6-0 Jr. 6.1 x-2.6
Virginia Commonwealth: WSU coach Gregg Marshall, while coach at Winthrop, recruited Skeen out of high school in Charlotte, N.C. Skeen played two seasons at Wake Forest before transferring to VCU. "High energy and athletic," Marshall said, comparing him to Blair. "Drives it and can shoot it. He's real active, energetic and tough." G Rob Brandenburg came off the bench to score 12 points in Tuesday's 71-51 loss to George Mason. He made 2 of 4 threes. G Ed Nixon has made 15 of 35 threes (42.9 percent) in 16 conference games. The Rams lead the CAA with 647 attempts from three-point range, and make 35.5 percent. Rebounding is a problem for VCU, which lost home games to George Mason and Old Dominion in the past week. Mason outrebounded VCU 37-28 and ODU grabbed 19 offensive rebounds on its way to a 46-21 advantage. The Rams defeated Wake Forest and UCLA and lost to Tennessee, South Florida and Alabama-Birmingham in non-conference games.
Wichita State: Hatch has not practiced since spraining his ankle during Tuesday's win at Evansville. Marshall said he is not sure if Hatch will play tonight. Hatch has scored in double figures in two straight games, making 8 of 13 shots and four threes in wins over Northern Iowa and Evansville. Smith, his replacement, produced season highs in points (17) and rebounds (7) against Evansville. He has scored in double figures in five of the past six games. WSU won the previous meeting between the two teams, an 80-50 rout in the Cessna Classic in 1996.
RPIs as of Thursday: VCU 64, WSU 48.