Breaking down VCU’s 2015-16 schedule matchups in 140 characters or less

The Will Wade era will start with a bang as the black and gold have once again assembled a challenging and exciting schedule for Ram fans, starting with an early season 2K Classic tournament at Madison Square Garden against the defending national champs. Below is a 140 character or less snapshot of what you can expect from next season’s schedule. Plan accordingly.

NON-CONFERENCE (2014-15 record, RPI)

Nov. 13 PRARIE VIEW A&M (15-18, 260) – One of those early-season warmup type of games. Panthers lose key pieces from already bad team.

Nov 16 RADFORD (22-12, 154) – Former Assistant Mike Jones makes return to Stu. Without top-2 scorers will have a big challenge against VCU.

Nov 20 DUKE (Madison Square Garden) – (29-4, 6) – Defending national champs lose top-four scorers but reload with a new batch of highly-rated freshmen. Offense has been dominant since 2009.

Nov 22 GEORGETOWN/WISCONSIN* (Madison Square Garden) – National title runner-up Badgers or talented Hoyas. Either will be a big test for VCU at MSG.

Nov 25 AMERICAN (17-16, 136) – Warning: Trap game against a team who beat a La Salle team on the road that beat VCU at home last year.

Nov 28 OLD DOMINION (27-8, 46) – Experienced Monarchs look for consecutive wins over VCU in return game at Siegel Center. All-around HUGE game.

Dec 2 @ MIDDLE TENNESSEE (19-17, 139) – Rebuilt Blue Raiders advance to CUSA title game, eliminating ODU along the way. Tough road game for the Rams.

Dec 6 FLORIDA STATE (Atlanta, GA) (17-16, 110) – 11th-ranked recruiting class hopes to help FSU back to NCAA tourney. Turnover prone last season.

Dec 15 @ GEORGIA TECH (12-19, 153) – Solid D, terrible offense but did boast win over Rhody. Scored 28 points against UVA…ouch.

Dec 19 CINCINNATI (23-11, 37) – 21-point home loss to VCU last year but returns everyone from very good defensive squad. A highlight of home schedule.

Dec 22 BUFFALO (23-10, 28) – Huge home test for VCU against highly underrated Bulls squad who return tons of talent despite losing coach Bobby Hurley.

Dec 27 LIBERTY (8-24, 347) – This will be a bloodbath…one that Rams fans will really enjoy. Come for the dunks, stay for the subs.

Dec 30 NORTH FLORIDA (23-12, 162) – A-Sun champs lost in NCAA play-in game between 16s in Dayton. Experienced, high-scoring and dangerous. Don’t sleep.


DAVIDSON (24-8, 35) – Graduate one player from A-10 regular season champs team. Offense galore, will be deadly next season.

DAYTON (27-9, 32) – Losing talented guard Sibert but add more depth than last year’s 7-man roster. A-10 Preseason favorite?

RHODE ISLAND (23-10, 66) – Add talent and needs to top-tier A-10 squad. Will fight for title and should be NCAA tourney squad.

Richmond defeated VCU in both regular season contests but the Rams had last laugh by knocking the Spiders out of last season's Atlantic 10 tournament.
Richmond defeated VCU in both regular season contests but the Rams had last laugh by knocking the Spiders out of last season’s Atlantic 10 tournament.

RICHMOND (21-14, 56) – Beat VCU twice in regular season and are being slept on by media already. Allen + Cline are a deadly frountcourt.

GEORGE WASHINGTON (22-13, 84) – Talented pieces, yes, but seem to lack killer instinct. Trending among A-10 media but I have doubts.

ST. BONAVENTURE (18-13, 121) – Wright and Posley as talented as a duo you’ll find but without Ndoye could be mid-tier A-10 team.

UMASS (17-15, 81) – Expect the downward trend to continue from this Minutemen team that appeared on up-and-up two seasons ago.

LA SALLE (17-16, 101) – Lose too much talent in front court to not take a step back. Guard-dominated Explorers could struggle.

SAINT JOSEPH’S (13-18, 178) – DeAndre Bembry is insanely good but I still don’t see where the help comes from. Meh.

DUQUESNE (12-19, 223) – Were a different team at home than on the road last season. Play VCU at the Stu this year.

FORDHAM (10-21, 238) – Looked to be on the rise then fired their coach and saw best player transfer. Back to the drawing board.

GEORGE MASON (9-22, 222) – Dave Paulsen should turn things around expect the Patriots to be a trap game for all A-10 next season.

SAINT LOUIS (11-21, 272) – Took Rams to the brink at SLU last season with rebuilding squad. Should improve some.


A two-time graduate of VCU (School of the Arts '07, Center for Sport Leadership '10), Mat is a co-founder of VCU Ram Nation and a longtime fan as the ...