Mar 23, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Virginia Commonwealth Rams forward Juvonte Reddic (15) dunks the ball in the first half against the Michigan Wolverines during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Rhode Island Basketball 2013-14 Schedule Preview: VCU Rams


There’s no question about it – having the VCU Rams in the Atlantic 10 is great for Rhody and great for the conference as a whole. It just stinks when URI actually has to play them. Rhode Island will take on a VCU team coming off an NCAA Tournament run that saw them bow out in the second round to the eventual runner-up Michigan Wolverines. The Virginia Commonwealth Rams are the consensus preseason favorite in the A-10, and they check in at number 15 in the country in the USA Today Coaches poll that was released earlier this month. So yeah, this would be a huge upset if Rhody wins this one. Can they pull it off?

The Skinny:

2012-13 Record: 27-9 (12-4 in the Atlantic 10)
Key Losses: G Troy Daniels, G Darius Theus, G Teddy Okereafor
Key Returners: G Treveon Graham, F Juvonte Reddic, G Rob Brandenberg

Player to Watch: F Juvonte Reddic

You could probably pull any VCU player’s name out of a hat and make an argument that he is the so-called “Player to Watch”. Graham, Brandenberg, and Briante Weber are all worthy of being mentioned in this space, but we’ve opted for Reddic. The 6’9″ power forward is coming off a ridiculous (Reddic-ulous?) season in which he averaged 14.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He also had a field day at the Ryan Center last January, going for 18 points, 12 boards, and a pair of blocked shots. Seven of his rebounds came on the offensive glass as he posted one of his 11 double-doubles for the year. Like many of his teammates, Reddic is the real deal.

Prediction: VCU 74 – Rhode Island 59

Yes, Rhode Island hung with VCU for a majority of the game the last time the two teams squared off. And yes, Rhody is without question a better team this year. But VCU is also (arguably) better, and they’re always dangerous on their home floor. URI may once again hang with them, but a win? A win would be huge. But we just don’t see it happening.

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