WSU will play Virginia Commonwealth, the first-place team in the Colonial Athletic Association, at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 in BracketBusters.
VCU (18-5, 10-1 CAA) has won nine straight games. It owns non-conference victories over Wake Forest and UCLA, helping it compile a No. 51 ranking in the CollegeRPI.com power ratings. WSU is No. 49.
The Rams could improve its ranking with home wins over No. 31 Old Dominion (Feb. 12) and No. 33 George Mason (Feb. 15).
The Shockers will travel to VCU, in Richmond, in 2012 for the return game.
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WSU is tied with Missouri State for first place in the MVC with eight games remaining and hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament since 2006, when it advanced to the Sweet 16.
On Feb. 19, Missouri State will travel to Valparaiso and George Mason will play at Northern Iowa in two more nationally-televised games for the MVC.
Non-televised games in the conference will be Bradley at Tennesse-Martin, Creighton at Akron, Detroit at Drake, Evansville at Murray State, Illinois State at Western Michigan, Morehead State at Indiana State and Green Bay at Southern Illinois.