VCU, SLU Streak Into A-10 ShowdownWeekend Spotlight
The setup for the Atlantic 10 Conference series of the year couldn’t be any more perfect.
Saint Louis has the nation’s longest active winning streak — 15 games. VCU has the nation’s second-longest winning streak — 13 games. At least one of those streaks will come to an end this weekend when the Billikins host the Rams in a three-game set that begins Friday.
Neither coach wants to make too big a deal of this showdown… but they aren’t minimizing it, either.
“Obviously it’s a big series, there’s no way to not talk about it,” Saint Louis coach Darin Hendrickson said. “It isn’t deciding the conference, honestly it’s just another series, we’ve got seven more to go. But obviously it’s important, I’m not going to downplay it. It just gives you a measuring stick of where you’re at, and our guys get up for it. That’s what you want.”
Both winning streaks were on the line Wednesday, and both teams kept them going. Hendrickson said before both teams played Wednesday that he hoped both teams kept them alive heading into the weekend. SLU handled its game against SIU Edwardsville, while VCU waxed in-state powerhouse Virginia 11-3 to keep its streak going.
“I think we’ll have a pretty good idea where we stand here by the end of this week,” VCU coach Shawn Stiffler said Wednesday morning, prior to the UVa. game. “Not that we haven’t challenged ourselves early on, but certainly this week when you look back will be one of those pivotal weeks for us. UVa. is always a great challenge, and flying out to Saint Louis, they’re very good, looking at them on paper and scouting reports, they’re very well coached too. This will be an exciting time.”