Just in from VCU Athletics:
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
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