VCU already has some challenging opponents on their non-conference schedule. This may give them better chances of earning a spot in the tournament. The Rams are set to play 13 non-conference games, with one Legends Classic Tournament game, tentative with a win.
Fans who can’t make the games and aren’t local can get excited this season again about nationally televised games. The Rams already have four games set to be televised nationally out of their 13 set games. Six of the teams they will face are NCAA tournament teams and 7/13 of the teams finished in RPI top 50. Tough competition.
Now to some of the biggest games. The Rams will face Villanova, Tennessee, Cincinnati and Michigan or Oregon (Legends Classic tentative game). All of these teams saw tournament time last season. Tennessee made it to the third round of the tournament and has seen many tournament years in the past. If VCU beats Villanova at the Barclays Center in NY they have a chance of playing Michigan. Michigan made it to the final four last season and will be a tough team to defeat. VCU didn’t play so well in the Puerto Rico Tip-off last season, so fans hope they can rise to the occasion in their tournament this season.
VCU will face two state rivals again, Old Dominion and Virginia. Virginia will be a home game and ODU will be away. Last season Graham made a buzzer beating basket to defeat Virginia in their stadium. UVA did go on to the third round in the tournament last season and they will be coming into the Siegel Center for revenge. It will be exciting to watch Graham stack up against UVA’s top scorer, Malcolm Brogdon. Brogdon is 6-5 and 214 pounds. With his quick hands and accurate shooting abilities he will be a great match-up to watch against Graham.
Stay tuned as fans await the in-conference schedule to be released.