RICHMOND, Va. – VCU and Richmond are on the move – to Friday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m.
The annual Farm Bureau Insurance Black and Blue Classic, originally scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10, has been moved to the previous day to accommodate ESPN2. The rivalry game will still take place at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
The VCU-Richmond rivalry has a rich history that dates back to 1976. The Spiders captured a 72-60 victory over the Rams last season at the Robins Center to snap a six-game VCU win streak in the series. The Rams hold a 40-25 advantage all-time.
Sellouts in both arenas have become the norm for this annual battle for city bragging rights. This year's match-up should hold particular significance. Each school is coming off potentially its best season in program history. The Rams and Spiders each advanced to the Sweet 16 in San Antonio, Texas last season. Richmond eventually fell to Kansas in the Southwest Region semifinals, while VCU knocked off the Jayhawks two days later to reach the Final Four.
ESPN2's arrival onto the scene enhances VCU's impressive television package for the 2011-12 season. The Rams recently announced a partnership that allows to the school to broadcast all of its home games on ESPN3 this season. The ESPN3 deal notwithstanding, VCU will appear on ESPN's family of networks (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU) a minimum of five times this year, a number that could grow to as many as nine.
VCU is also part of the CAA's comprehensive television package with Comcast. The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet are scheduled to carry nine Ram games.