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VCU releases full 2020-2021 men’s basketball schedule

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RICHMOND, Va. – Non-conference road contests at Tennessee, Penn State and LSU, as well as a loaded 18-game Atlantic 10 Conference slate, highlight VCU’s 2020-21 men’s basketball schedule, released Monday.

VCU will open the 2020-21 campaign against Charlotte on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26, at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. The Rams will take on host Tennessee, which it battled last season in the Emerald Coast Classic, on Friday, Nov. 27. The Volunteers are ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press’ Preseason Top 25 Poll.

The Rams will also make December non-conference road trips to Penn State (Dec. 2) and LSU (Dec. 22). VCU topped LSU 84-82 last season at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. VCU and Penn State have never met.

VCU will open the home portion of its schedule on Saturday, Dec. 5 when it hosts Mount St. Mary’s at the Siegel Center. The Rams will also welcome North A&T (Dec. 9), longtime rival Old Dominion (Dec. 12), Western Carolina (Dec. 15) and Louisiana (Dec. 18) in non-conference match-ups.

Twelve of VCU’s 18 Atlantic 10 Conference games will be broadcast on national television. Home-and-home league match-ups with cross-town rival Richmond, Dayton, Rhode Island, George Mason and Davidson await the Rams.

VCU will head to the Robins Center to take on the Spiders on Jan. 16 in a contest that will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network. Richmond will return the game on Feb. 12 at the Siegel Center, a tilt that will air on the ESPN family of networks.

The Rams will also host Fordham, UMass La Salle and Saint Louis in league action. VCU will head out for additional road contests at Saint Joseph’s, George Washington, Duquesne and St. Bonaventure. VCU will close out regular season play on March 3 at Dayton on CBS Sports Network.

The 2021 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Tournament is scheduled for March 10-14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Additional TV information for games outside of the A-10 package will be available soon.

VCU is coming off an 18-13 campaign, its 20th consecutive winning season. The Rams welcome six newcomers, including transfers Brendan Medley-Bacon (Baltimore, Md.) and Levi Stockard III (St. Louis, Mo.) from Coppin State and Kansas State, respectively. The Rams return a number of regulars, including A-10 All-Rookie selection Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland (Wilmington, Del.), who was named to the league’s preseason Third Team Tuesday.

 

VCU MEN’S BASKETBALL

2020-21 SCHEDULE

DATE           OPPONENT                                   TIME                        TV                             DIGITAL

Nov. 26       %vs. Charlotte                               TBA

Nov. 27       at Tennessee                                 TBA

Dec. 2          at Penn State                                TBA

Dec. 5         MOUNT ST. MARY’S                     2 p.m.                                                          ESPN+

Dec. 9         NORTH CAROLINA A&T                7 p.m.                                                          ESPN+

Dec. 12       OLD DOMINION                            5 p.m.                  NBCSN             NBC Sports Live

Dec. 15       WESTERN CAROLINA                    7 p.m.                                                          ESPN+

Dec. 18       LOUISIANA                                    7 p.m.                                                          ESPN+

Dec. 22        at LSU                                            TBA

Dec. 30        *at Saint Joseph’s                         TBA                                                               ESPN+

Jan. 2          *DAVIDSON                                  2:30 p.m.             NBCSN             NBC Sports Live

Jan. 6          *at George Mason                        TBA                                                               ESPN+

Jan. 9          *RHODE ISLAND                           TBA                       CBSSN                      CBS Sports

Jan. 13        *at George Washington                TBA                                                               ESPN+

Jan. 16        *at Richmond                                TBA                       CBSSN                      CBS Sports

Jan. 23        *DAYTON                                      TBA                       CBSSN                      CBS Sports

Jan. 27        *UMASS                                        TBA                                                              ESPN+

Jan. 30        *LA SALLE                                     1 p.m.                  NBCSN             NBC Sports Live

Feb. 3          *at Rhode Island                           TBA                                                               ESPN+

Feb. 7          *at Duquesne                                4 p.m.                   NBCSN              NBC Sports Live

Feb. 12        *RICHMOND                                 TBA                        ESPN                     WatchESPN

Feb. 15        *FORDHAM                                  TBA                                                              ESPN+

Feb. 17        *at St. Bonaventure                      TBA                       CBSSN                      CBS Sports

Feb. 20        *GEORGE MASON                        2:30 p.m.             NBCSN             NBA Sports Live

Feb. 23        *SAINT LOUIS                               TBA                       CBSSN                      CBS Sports

Feb. 27        *at Davidson                                 TBA                        ESPN                      WatchESPN

March 3      *at Dayton                                    TBA                       CBSSN                      CBS Sports

 

Home games in CAPS and played at the Stuart C. Siegel Center

* – Atlantic 10 Conference Game

% – Knoxville, Tenn.

All times Eastern Standard Time (EST); All dates and times subject to change

Matt has been reporting on VCU sports for the past 12 years. He is also a graduate of VCU (BS in Information Systems, 2004, Executive MS in Informatio...

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I recall the North Carolina A & T coach grabbing his crotch as we were beating them.
I saw sometime this week that we've never played NC A&T before. Can't remember whether I heard it watching the B&G event or read it on here/twitter/etc. It might've been in the A10Talk article previewing VCU's season. You thinking of another coach? Bruiser Flint, maybe?
 
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I saw sometime this week that we've never played NC A&T before. Can't remember whether I heard it watching the B&G event or read it on here/twitter/etc. It might've been in the A10Talk article previewing VCU's season. You thinking of another coach? Bruiser Flint, maybe?
It could be. My memory is not as good as it used to be.
 

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I saw sometime this week that we've never played NC A&T before. Can't remember whether I heard it watching the B&G event or read it on here/twitter/etc. It might've been in the A10Talk article previewing VCU's season. You thinking of another coach? Bruiser Flint, maybe?

Actually, VCU is 8-0 against North Carolina A&T.
 
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Actually, VCU is 8-0 against North Carolina A&T.
I stand corrected. Sorry @mike7842 I was apparently the one thinking of another team.
Pack, are you familiar with which team on our schedule we’ve never played? I could swear I saw one of these teams is a new matchup. Penn State, maybe? I also could’ve read/heard something incorrect.