South Dakota State guard Nate Wolters (3) and Alabama guard Trevor Releford (12) scramble for a loose ball. (AP Photo/2K Sports)
When: 3 p.m. today
Where: Richmond, Va.
Records: Alabama 6-2, Virginia Commonwealth 6-3.
TV: CBS College Sports.
Alabama lineup: G Trevor Lacey, 6-3, So., 14.1 ppg., 3.6 rpg., 4.0 assists; G Trevor Releford, 6-0, Jr., 16.9 ppg., 3.1 assists; C Moussa Gueye, 7-0, Jr., 1.4 ppg., 3.9 rpg.; F Levi Randolph, 6-5, So., 7.6 ppg., 4.0 rpg.; F Rodney Cooper, 6-6, So., 14.1 ppg., 4.7 rpg.
Virginia Commonwealth lineup: G Darius Theus, 6-3, Sr., 10.0 ppg., 1.6 rpg., 4.6 assists; G Rob Brandenberg, 6-2, Jr., 10.5 ppg., 3.4 rpg.; G Treveon Graham, 6-5, Sr., 15.0 ppg., 4.9 rpg.; F Troy Daniels, 6-4, Sr., 10.3 ppg., 3.5 rpg.; F Juvonte Reddic, 6-9, Jr., 14.4 ppg., 8.2 rpg.
NOTEWORTHY: Alabama coach Anthony Grant coached VCU during 2006-09 and compiled a 76-25 record. … Alabama is coming off two straight losses, including by two points at Cincinnati and five points at home to Dayton. … The Crimson Tide players went through semester exams this past week, with tests wrapping up Friday. … The Crimson Tide doesn’t return home until Dec. 22 against Mercer. … Virginia Commonwealth made the Final Four in 2011, as Theus, Daniels and Reddic were key contributors off the bench for that squad. … Daniels had 24 points in VCU’s most recent game, an 83-70 win over Old Dominion, with eight 3-pointers. … Two of VCU’s losses came to Duke and Missouri in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. … The Rams have a 7-foot-0 center, too, with D.J. Haley (2.0 ppg., 1.4 rpg.) who starts sometimes and comes off the bench sometimes.
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