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VCU Basketball: Rams Team Preview and Season Prediction 2019-20

Veteran Rams seek another NCAA Tournament bid
VCU Rams 2019-20 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Last season proved to be a comeback year for VCU, if you define comeback as returning to the NCAA Tournament after missing it for the first time in eight seasons. The Rams rolled through the Atlantic 10, winning the regular-season title and earning a No. 8 seed in the NCAAs. However coach Mike Rhoades knows that one season didn’t define a downturn, nor does a single season define success. 

“Nobody is satisfied, not the guys nor the staff. We know where we want to go this year,” he says. “We took a great step but not the ultimate step.”

UCF Knights vs. VCU Rams Prediction: NCAA Tournament First Round Preview

Knights and Rams meet in 8-9 matchup in Columbia
UCF Knights vs. VCU Rams Prediction: NCAA Tournament First Round Preview

Just because the first round of the NCAA Tournament will be winding down doesn’t mean the chaos of March will be any less. In fact, by the time that the 8-9 matchup between UCF and VCU tips off on Friday night, the madness will be in full force.


Michigan's Nik Stauskas, Texas' Isaiah Taylor earn weekly honors

Wolverines guard Nik Stauskas is Athlon Sports' National Player of the Week
Michigan's Stauskas, Texas' Taylor earn weekly honors

The list of star players not present in East Lansing was staggering Saturday: Branden Dawson, Mitch McGary and Adreian Payne all were out for two teams that have been the walking wounded for most of the season.

Spartans point guard Keith Appling played, but his wrist was in such bad shape he could barely shoot.

That left Nik Stauskas and Gary Harris with the opportunity to fill the void.

Atlantic 10 basketball: The Best and Worst of 2013-14 So Far

Does VCU remain the conference favorite after UMass' 8-0 start?
Atlantic 10: The Best and Worst of 2013-14 So Far

The Atlantic 10 was one of the biggest losers in conference realignment. Losing Xavier, Temple and Butler robbed the league of three of its most high-profile and well-respected programs.

The A-10 may not have the stature it once did, but not all is lost at the top of the conference.

Thanks to surprising starts for Dayton and George Washington, the Atlantic 10 has scored early season wins over Gonzaga, New Mexico, Creighton and Virginia. At least five teams will enter conference play with hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament.

College Basketball: 2013-14 VCU Rams Preview

Havoc to reign again in Atlantic 10
College Basketball: 2013-14 VCU Preview

This preview and more on VCU and the Atlantic 10 are available in the Athlon Sports 2013-14 College Basketball Preseason Annual. The magazine is available online or on newsstands everywhere.

College Basketball's Best Coaches under 40

Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart are the best, but they're not alone.
<p> Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart are the best, but they're not alone.</p>

The top two coaches from last year’s list of college coaches under 40 remain our top two here.

That’s fitting because Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart show no signs of going anywhere.

2013-14 College Basketball Conference Snapshot: MWC, MVC, A-10 and more

The key mid-majors to watch for 2013-14
<p> The key mid-majors to watch for 2013-14.</p>

After Florida Gulf Coast reached the Sweet 16 and Wichita State reached the Final Four, teams outside of the college basketball power structure are starting to reach even footing. At least on the court.

Beyond the major surprises in the NCAA Tournament, this is an interesting time for mid-major programs. The Mountain West showed surprising depth last season, a trend that should continue as the league expands. Even though Creighton left the Missouri Valley and Temple, Xavier and Butler left the Atlantic 10, there’s plenty to watch in both leagues.

Revised College Basketball Early Top 25 for 2013-14

NBA Draft's Early Entry Deadline shuffles teams in our look at next season
<p> NBA Draft's Early Entry Deadline shuffles teams in our look at next season</p>

The NBA’s early entry draft deadline has come and gone, creating enough movement to make us re-evaluate our early rankings for 2013-14.

Chief among them, we re-visited Oklahoma State after the Cowboys returned point guard Marcus Smart. Originally, we did not rank Oklahoma State under the assumption Smart, projected to be a top-three pick, would leave for the draft. His return makes Oklahoma State the early Big 12 favorite.