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VCU on the verge of extending sellout streak throughout season before it even begins

8351726030_9cf514fe79_bVCU basketball has become one of the hottest sports tickets in the country, and with half of the Rams home games already sold out there seems to be no sign of cooling down.

The black and gold ride a 50-game consecutive sellout streak that began January 29, 2011, several games before Shaka Smart led his 2010-2011 team to a Final 4 appearance. Demand was clearly high then, but since that magical run ticket demand has shot through the roof.

VCU has already sold out seven of their nine Atlantic 10 conference games this season including the final four home games of the season.

The Rams sit behind just Duke, Kansas, Michigan State and Gonzaga in terms of longest active sellout streaks in D1 college basketball. Tickets to VCU’s highly anticipated rematch with UVA (the Rams won last year’s battle in Charlottesville after Treveon Graham buried a deep three with just seconds remaining) currently range from $165 for standing room to up to $882.75 for lower level tickets on StubHub.com, with prices expected to increase the closer we get to the December 6 tip.

And it’s not just home games the Rams are selling out. Atlantic 10 fans from around the league have bought up VCU game tickets. Shaka Smart and Co. played in front of sellout crowds in all but one Atlantic 10 road game last season, that come coming in front of 12,512 Dayton Flyer fans (a 14-point VCU win).

All of this demand has come even with the Rams making more and more nationally televised appearances. Over the past four years, 121 out of VCU’s 138 games have been televised. VCU is one of just three non-BCS programs with every game on TV each of the past two seasons.

The Rams will look to officially continue that sellout streak on Nov 18’s regular season opener against Toledo with an unofficial attempt to keep it going this Friday as VCU takes on Cal U (PA). As of this moment, only standing room only tickets remain to that matchup.