RICHMOND, Va. – Home-and-home series with Richmond and Dayton, as well as a rematch with Rhode Island, highlight VCU's Atlantic 10 Conference schedule, revealed by the league Wednesday. In addition, 11 of VCU's conference match-ups will appear on national television.
Additional television games outside the Atlantic 10's package, including those with regional and local networks, will be released in the coming weeks. In all, VCU currently boast a 2017-18 slate of 16 national TV contests. Six VCU games are scheduled to appear on the ESPN family of networks.
The Rams will open their sixth A-10 campaign against Fordham on Saturday, Dec. 30 at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center at 12:30 p.m. That game will be carried on NBC Sports Network.
VCU will rekindle its budding rivalry with Dayton on Jan. 12 at UD Arena in a contest that will be broadcast on ESPN2. The return game at the E.J. Wade Arena will take place on Feb. 10 on CBS Sports Network. The Rams will meet cross-town rival Richmond Jan. 17 at the E.J. Wade Arena and Feb. 7 at the Robins Center (CBSSN). The Rams will get another crack at defending A-10 Champion Rhode Island, which defeated VCU in the 2017 league title game, on Friday, Feb. 2 at the E.J. Wade Arena at 7 p.m. ESPN2 will carry that tilt.
The 2017-18 schedule will also feature home-and-home series with Fordham (A-March 3), George Washington (H-Jan. 20, A-Feb. 17) and George Mason (A-Jan. 27, H-Feb. 28).
Additional home contests with Duquesne (Jan. 9) and St. Bonaventure (Feb. 24), likely one of the A-10 preseason favorites, are also on the docket. VCU will also visit Saint Joseph's (Jan. 3), La Salle (Jan. 6), Saint Louis (Jan. 23) and UMass (Feb. 21).
VCU's 2017-18 schedule, including a previously unreleased exhibition game with neighboring Virginia Union (Nov. 3), is now complete. The Rams' non-conference schedule was released earlier this summer.
Entering its first season under the direction of Head Coach Mike Rhoades, VCU returns starters Justin Tillman and Johnny Williams from a team that finished 26-9 a year ago and reached the NCAA Tournament.