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Richmond, VA ( - The Davidson Wildcats are set for their first-ever Atlantic 10 Conference road game on Wednesday night when they pay a visit to the Siegel Center to take on the 20th-ranked Virginia Commonwealth Rams. Davidson has won eight of its last nine games, including an 81-67 victory over Richmond in its A-10 debut this past Saturday. At 10-2 overall, the Wildcats have matched their best start (2008-09) under head coach Bob McKillop. Their only losses so far have come against then No. 6 North Carolina and No. 3 Virginia. VCU has also been hot of late and enters this contest seeking a seventh straight win. The Rams opened their conference slate on Sunday with a 75-58 victory at Fordham. Their average margin of victory during the six-game win streak has been more than 17 points per game. The Wildcats, who are new to the A-10 this season, won the only prior meeting against VCU back in March 2005, 77-62. Davidson got some great guard play against Richmond, as the starting backcourt tandem of Jack Gibbs (32 points) and Tyler Kalinoski (21) combined for 53 points. Gibbs had 23 points by halftime -- his third game this season with at least 20 in a half -- as the Wildcats used a 24-9 run to grab the early lead and never looked back. Andrew McAuliffe added 10 points in 19 minutes off the bench. Gibbs and Kalinoski rank third and fourth, respectively, among the A-10 scoring leaders. Gibbs, who leads the Wildcats in 3-point field-goal percentage (.481), free-throw percentage (.909), assists (4.8) and steals (1.7), is averaging a team-best 17.4 ppg, while Kalinoski is scoring 16.8 ppg. As a team, the Wildcats are fourth nationally in both scoring offense (85.8 ppg) and 3-pointers per game (11.3), and they lead the country in assist- turnover ratio (1.76). VCU currently ranks third in the country in turnover margin (+7.3) and fourth in steals per game (10.9), a product of coach Shaka Smarts vaunted Havoc pressure defense. When they need a bucket, the Rams often turn to senior Treveon Graham, a 44.4-percent shooter from the perimeter who leads the team in scoring (16.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.6 rpg). Melvin Johnson is also averaging double figures with 14.0 ppg. The Rams simply overwhelmed Fordham on Sunday by forcing a season-high 28 turnovers, including 21 steals. It was the fifth time this season that VCU forced its opponent into more turnovers than field goals (20). Graham and fellow senior Briante Weber each had 14 points and seven rebounds, with Weber adding six steals to his stat line. Dermontti Dawson Jersey . Patrick Deslisle-Houde and David Rose each scored in the second to give the fourth-seeded Redmen a 3-1 lead after Jean-Philippe Mathieu scored in the first. 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According to data from STATS provided to The Associated Press, there were 53 concussions during the regular season, a sharp decline from the 78 reported during the leagues last full season two years ago. But even Bettman said there is only so much the league can do about a player hiding a head injury to stay on the ice. "Obviously, its difficult for us to get into a players head, no pun intended, with this concussion discussion," he said. "But if a player is going to not follow the protocol, not say exactly what hes feeling, thats pretty difficult to address." Dr. Jeff Kutcher, an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based neurologist who works with NHL players believed to have concussions, wasnt sure the lower numbers indicated a dramatic change. "Im not surprised that the numbers are down, but I wouldnt read too much into those numbers," Kutcher said. The NHLs concussion protocol, like other leagues, requires players to get a team doctors OK before they can return to play. They are taken to a quiet place for evaluation, questions and tests of their memory, balance and general awareness. Players, though, seem to be able to skate around the protocol. Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman James Wisniewski said he avoided return-to-play protocol after he went head first into the boards during the playoffs. He wanted to keep playing. The Montreal Canadiens were criticized for letting forward Dale Weise return to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals after a blindside hit sent him to the dressing room. General manager Marc Bergevin insisted the team did not know Weise had a concussion until the next day and that the leagues protocol was followed. "Its flawed, but Im not a doctor," Bergevin said. "We all worry about our players, but we can only go by what were given." Hockey Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan, who was hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs to be their president two months ago after he was the NHLs chief disciplinarian, said it is good for the game that concussions are part of the conversation. "When there are situations like weve had in the playoffs, whether it is a hit to the head or mis-reporting, it gets put in the spotlight and it should," Shanahan said. "That is part of the continuing change of culture, and its going to be an ongoing process. I dont think there ever will be a perfect system because players are always going to want to play.&quuot; The NHL Players Association says it has taken steps to educate its players about the dangers of concussions, including bringing doctors to each team before the season for discussions.dddddddddddd. "The players understand the seriousness of concussions, and along with our consulting doctors we continue to discuss with them the importance of early diagnosis, treatment and proper recovery," NHLPA executive director Don Fehr said. Detroit Red Wings forward Drew Miller said players choose to keep playing with head injuries for at least a few reasons. "Guys downplay the symptoms or dont report them because of job security and they dont want to lose their spot," Miller said. "And, guys want to keep playing because they want help their team. In the back of our minds, too, you dont want other teams to know you have a head injury." Retired players Dave Christian, Reed Larson and William Bennett filed a class-action suit nearly two months ago in federal court that alleged the league has promoted fighting and downplayed the risk of head injuries that come from it. They joined another group of former NHL players in the fight for compensation for head injuries they blame on a game that promotes hard-hitting action. Current players seem to be adapting to the NHLs emphasis on safer play: Physical penalties -- such as illegal checks to the head, checks from behind and elbowing -- have dropped in each of the last six regular seasons. An average of 1.03 physical penalties were called per game during the 2013-14 season, according to STATS, down from 1.14, 1.16, 1.25, 1.36 and 1.39 the previous five years. Suspensions have generally held steady at around 35 per season the past few years, and players are sometimes forced to sit even if no penalty is called. Montreals Brandon Prust wasnt penalized for a hit that broke the jaw of New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan during the Eastern Conference finals, but he was suspended for two games by the league. Stepan sat out one game after going through a series of tests. "The protocol helps make sure that the player is OK and that he is not playing with something that he shouldnt be," he said. "I think its a good step in the right direction." Ultimately, though, players have to protect themselves and each other. "It comes down to the guys on the ice respecting each other and playing it as safe as possible," Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp said. "You see some of the big hits this year, inevitably youre going to catch a piece of the head and cause a problem, but the leagues done well with suspensions and penalties and the players have done a good job as far as the respect factor." 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