Team: Virginia Commonwealth Rams (26-8, 12-4, Atlantic 10)
Seed/Region: No. 5/South
Matchup: vs. No. 12 Stephen F. Austin (31-2, 18-0 Southland)
Where: San Diego, Calif.
History: 13th appearance in program history, fourth straight season
Coach: Shaka Smart, 5th season
Leaders: Scoring (Treveon Graham, 15.7), Rebounding (Juvonte Reddic, 8.5), Assists (Briante Weber, 3.8)
What's new: The Rams' six-game winning streak ended Sunday in the A-10 championship, falling 65-61 to Saint Joseph's.
What to know: Sophomore guard Melvin Johnson suffered a knee injury in Saturday's A-10 semifinal win over George Washington and did not play in Sunday's championship game.
Notable wins: at Virginia, GW (2), Saint Louis
Notable losses: Only "bad" setback came at Northern Iowa (RPI 109)
Simply notable: Smart became VCU's all-time winningest coach in school history with Saturday's victory over George Washington, passing Sonny Smith (136)
KenPom: Overall (10), Offense adjusted efficiency (99), Defense adjusted efficiency (2)
Strength: VCU leads the nation in total steals (11.3 ppg) thanks to its "Havoc" defense
Weakness: Half court offense isn't that special when opponents can dial back the tempo. Six of eight losses came when scoring 68 or less.
Scoring: 75.4 points per game
Good stat: Weber leads the country with 3.5 steals
Bad stat: Reddic takes the second most free throws on the team, but sinks only 56 percent of them
Key player: The electric and thieving Weber is the tone setter defensively with his ability to speed up opposing point guards and jump passing lane. The junior entered the A-10 Tourney scoring nine points per game, but went for 18 and 16 in the first two games. He will need to score more if Johnson misses games.
Key to success: This one is simple: Push the pace defensively, have Graham and other shooters drain 3's while Reddic and power-packed reserve Mo Alie-Cox clean up any misses. This overall formula has clearly worked. Under Smart, VCU is 28-8 in March.