VCU’s 2014 recruit class is ranked 14th in the nation right now with ESPN. Talented new faces and the strong returning players will create more havoc than ever. With this exciting future, there are few games that should ruffle the Rams’ fur this season.
With that introduction, VCU will have games both in and out of conference that will be challenging. The Atlantic 10 earned six spots in the NCAA tournament last year and proved that no team in this conference should go underestimated.
Dayton is looking to be the most challenging team next season. Although they only play the Flyers once at home, their team is going to be stronger than ever. Coming off the fire and fame of making it to the Sweet 16, Dayton will be a big competition for VCU. The Flyers only graduated two players last season, so they have the bulk of this successful team returning. Dyshawn Pierre and Jordan Sibert look to be difficult competition for the Rams’ defense as they both averaged 26 PPG last season and both will be returning. These players grabbed over 20 steals each and averaged over 2 reb/game each as well. With the rest of their talented returning players there to back them up, the Flyers will be no joke on the court.
Second, UMass will make for a big game for VCU as well because they have most of their team returning. When VCU lost to them away last season a trio of Minutemen havoc was unleashed on the Rams. In the last few minutes of the game guards Williams, Davis and Gordon worked together in an unstoppable manner to pull ahead of VCU. This trio will be returning alongside much of the team who earned their NCAA tournament spot. VCU will need to be ready for what UMass will be bringing.
Next we come to the A-10 2013-14 champions, Saint Louis. Many may think automatically that they would be VCU’s biggest competition, but they lost most of their team. SLU had all five of their top scorers graduate. Not only did these players score, they lead much of the rest of the board as well. VCU’s game against them will still be big. SLU’s program was very successful last season and their returning talented players will still bring a challenge.
Finally, as all Ram fans know, Richmond can never be overlooked. Although VCU beat Richmond in both games last season, a rivalry always brings out different teams. VCU plays Richmond both home and away next season so both of those games are sure to be big as well.
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