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A Twitter-style look at VCU’s 2014-15 non-conference schedule

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VCU will return to Norfolk to face ODU this season as the two rivals continue a home-and-home series since heading for separate conferences.
VCU will return to Norfolk to face ODU this season as the two rivals continue a home-and-home series since heading for separate conferences.

VCU unveiled their men’s basketball non-conference schedule this past week, one chock-full of big names and even bigger RPI-boosting opportunities. Here’s a quick Twitter-style breakdown of each game, in 140 characters or less.

Nov. 7 – Cal U (PA) (Exhibition) – Your first look at the 2014-15 Rams and all the upgrades to the Siegel Center. Last year’s exhibition was a 50-point win, so expect fun.

Nov. 14 – Tennessee (Annapolis, MD) – Neutral court battle against a 2014 Sweet 16 team at the US Naval Academy. Vols lost a ton of production and their coach in offseason.

Nov. 18 – Toledo – A TOUGH regular season home-opener against a VERY good Rockets team. Toledo returns a ton of production from a 27-win 2013-14 team. 

Nov.20 – Maryland-Eastern Shore – The Hawks won 6 games last season and their defense ranked 349th in defensive efficiency (3rd from last). Should be fun if you like scoring.

Nov.24 – Villanova – Nova returns a ton of production from a team that lost just 2 games all of last season. One of their losses was to national champ, UConn.

Nov.25 – Michigan/Oregon – Will either be championship or third-place game of Legends Classic in Brooklyn after Nova game. Rams have struggled in pre-season tourneys.

Nov.29 – @ Old Dominion – Next…

Dec.2 – @ Illinois State – Return game from 38-point blowout last season. Rams can’t afford a road loss here. Redbirds 12-3 at home last season.

Dec.6 – UVA – Will be the hottest ticket in Siegel Center history and potentially between two ranked teams. This will be a battle once again. A must see.

Dec.13 – Northern Iowa – VCU will look for revenge after falling at UNI last season and if there’s one thing the Rams do well it’s show up for revenge games.

Dec.16 – Belmont – Bruins will be without JJ Mann (18.3 ppg) but return Craig Bradshaw (15.7) from a team that ranked 2nd nationally in effective FG%.

Dec.20 – @ Cincinnati – Bearcats lose top 3 scorers from last year’s NCAA tournament team. VCU should have the better team but it’ll be a tough road environment.

Dec.22 – ETSU – You’ll remember ETSU as the team Troy Daniels hit 11 3-pointers on. Melvin Johnson, think you can hit 12?

Dec.29 – Cleveland State – The Vikings return majority of their production from a 21-win team. One of the deadliest long-range shooting groups in America. Watch out.

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VCU School of the Arts (BFA ’07) and Center for Sport Leadership (M.Ed. ’10) alumnus, Mat has followed VCU basketball since the Sunbelt days when he’d attend games with his father. Worked as a graduate assistant in the VCU Sports Information Department for the ’09-’10 season, but has covered VCU basketball for VCURamNation.com since 2007.