VCU hoops schedule updates: Boston College, Bellarmine


The VCU men’s basketball team’s 2024-2025 schedule is slowly coming into focus, with a handful of non-conference games announced in the past week.

Highlighting that group of matches is a trip to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland to face Boston College in the Veterans Classic on November 8.

VCU Athletics officially announced that game Wednesday, scheduled for a 6 p.m. tipoff at Navy’s Alumni Hall. The Midshipmen host Harvard in the nightcap at 8:30 p.m., with both games airing on CBS Sports Network.

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Rams coach Ryan Odom, who is entering his second season, is familiar with the Veterans Classic. Odom’s 2021 Utah State team defeated Richmond in the same event.

“We are excited to be part of the Veterans Classic this year,” said Odom.

“I had the opportunity to participate in this event a few years ago, and I can’t say enough good things about the experience, especially the opportunity for our players to explore the Naval Academy. We have the utmost respect for coach (Earl) Grant and the Boston College program, and it will undoubtedly be a great test for our team.

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The Eagles are coming off a 20-16 campaign in which they reached the second round of the NIT. VCU previously participated in the Veterans Classic in the 2014-2015 season, when it defeated Tennessee 85-69.

Held annually around Veterans Day, the Veterans Classic honors our nation’s military veterans and showcases the US Naval Academy.

Visiting teams will be given tours of the academy, followed by lunch with the Brigade of Midshipmen on the day prior to the competition.

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Veterans from all branches of service will be honored during Friday night’s doubleheader.

In other scheduling news, CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported on June 1 that the Rams will open their season on November 4 at the Siegel Center against Bellarmine.

The Knights finished 8-23, 4-12 Atlantic Sun last season. VCU and Bellarmine have never met before.

Additionally, unconfirmed reports have VCU hosting Loyola Maryland on Nov. 16.

VCU and Loyola Maryland have met once before, an 85-61 Rams victory in 2019. The Greyhounds finished 7-25, 5-13 in the Patriot League last season.


VCU’s Zeb Jackson, shown during a January loss to St. Bonaventure, says the team was unhappy that no Rams were recognized on the all-defensive Atlantic 10 team. Jackson has nine steals in two A-10 tournament games.


Competitively, the games against Bellarmine and Loyola Maryland are early-season buy games. VCU likely paid its opponents to make those trips and will be heavily favored in both games.

The meeting with Boston College is more important. Aside from the patriotic symbolism of participating in the Veterans Classic, the Eagles are an ACC opponent that finished 8-12 in conference play last year.

BC finished 71st nationally in adjusted efficiency, 55th offensively and 101st defensively, according to VCU finished 75th overall, 121st offensively and 40th defensively.

So it appears the Eagles and Rams are a good matchup, an opponent that won’t make or break VCU’s season, but one that can serve as a litmus test to evaluate how the Rams stack up against the Power Five -League.


VCU head coach Ryan Odom shouts during the NCAA Division I basketball game against Rhode Island at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Virginia, February 28.


VCU announced a home-and-home series with New Mexico in early May, set to begin Dec. 18 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the return game at the Siegel Center for the 2025-2026 season.

The rest of the Rams’ non-conference roster will likely come to light over the rest of June and July.

VCU released its full 2023-2024 non-conference schedule on July 20 last year. Atlantic 10 schedule links were released in late June 2023.