arrick wilson, sports editor
Another VCU basketball season is coming. As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, Havoc is starting to come to life again in the VCU.
This year brings a new season for the VCU men’s basketball team as it is yet another challenging schedule for the Rams. For VCU men’s basketball fans, here’s a list of games for this season, featuring a mix of non-conference and rivalry matches.
1. Atlantic 10 – VCU vs. University of Richmond Spiders: February 24 (TBA)
Last season, at a game against Richmond, the VCU handed out T-shirts with the words “rivalries last forever.” This is the truth for this showdown, as the annual Capital City Classic never disappoints.
There is no other local rival like the Rams and Spiders as the atmosphere must be hectic. The Spiders defeated the Rams in the A-10 tournament, taking down the Black and Gold. That loss ended a three-game winning streak the Rams had over the Spiders, according to VCU Athletics.
The Rams will also face the Spiders on January 20 at the Robins Center.
2. Legends Classic – VCU vs. Arizona State University Sun Devils: November 16 at 8:30 pm
Black and gold will be in this year’s Legends Classic. The tournament will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on November 16 and 17.
This four-game tournament will headline top division schools such as the University of Pittsburgh, University of Michigan and Arizona State University. This tournament will be a great opportunity for the Blacks and Golds to face high-level competition.
3. VCU at the University of Memphis Tigers: November 20 (TBA)
The University of Memphis reached the NCAA tournament finishing in the second round, winning 22 of 33 games last season, according to Memphis Athletics. The Tigers, who are coached by former NBA star Penny Hardaway, haven’t beaten black and gold in 10 years, according to VCU Athletics.
This showdown against the Tigers should prepare the Rams for tougher opponents as it should be highly contested.
4. Atlantic 10 – VCU vs. University of Dayton Flyers: February 7 (TBA)
The last time the Flyers entered the Stuart C. Siegel Center, they defeated the Rams 82-52. The Flyers broke a four-game winning streak that Black and Gold had, according to VCU Athletics.
That loss must have sparked something in the Rams, as it started an eight-game winning streak. The Flyers enter Richmond again this coming season, the Rams look to return that loss.
5. VCU vs. Vanderbilt University Commodores: November 30 (TBA)
The Rams defeated the Commodores last season, 48-37. With a short history with the SEC team, or Southeast Conference, the Black and Gold look to do what they did last season. Commodores should experience a Siegel Center complete with Havoc atmosphere at its peak.
This season will be interesting for the Black and Gold as head coach Mike Rhoades enters his sixth year with the Rams. The team also added six newcomers, as well as three transfers, according to VCU Athletics.
Don’t forget to claim free student tickets for home games at the Siegel Center. For more information and guidance, visit vcauathletics. with for step-by-step instructions.
When you’re at Stu, remember to bring Havoc.
The Rams will open the season with an expedition to be determined on October 29. The game will be played at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. For ticket information, visit vcauathletics. with.