RICHMOND, Va. – A trip to the prestigious Battle 4 Atlantis awaits, as do notable contests with Illinois of the Big Ten, the ACC's Georgia Tech and longtime rival Old Dominion, to highlight VCU's 2016-17 non-conference schedule, which was released Wednesday evening.
In all, the Rams could face as many as five NCAA Tournament squads and four league champions from 2015-16 in non-conference action schedule.
VCU fans will get a preview of the 2016-17 Rams on Friday, Nov. 4 when the Black & Gold hosts Division II Queens University of Charlotte at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. The Rams will officially kick off the regular season, their second under coach Will Wade, against reigning Big South Champion UNC Asheville on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Siegel Center.
The Rams will visit Liberty on Nov. 15 and host Binghamton on Nov. 18 before heading to Paradise Island, Bahamas for the 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis. VCU will meet Baylor, a 2016 NCAA Tournament qualifier, on Wednesday, Nov. 23 in the first round of the "Battle". The Rams will take on national powerhouse Michigan State or St. John's in the second round on Thanksgiving. Old Dominion, Wichita State, Louisville and LSU are all potential opponents on Friday, Nov. 25.
A home date with Princeton, which reached the NIT and finished 22-7 last season, awaits on Nov. 29. On Saturday, Dec. 3, the Rams will meet the Illinois for the first time as part of the Hoophall Miami Invitational at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida.
On Dec. 7, the Rams welcome Georgia Tech, just the second ACC foe to visit the Siegel Center since it opened in 1999. The Yellow Jackets were 21-15 a year ago and reached the NIT Quarterfinals.
On Dec. 10, VCU renews its annual intra-state battle with longtime rival Old Dominion at the Ted Constant Center in Norfolk. The Rams will host NCAA Tournament participant Middle Tennessee State on Dec. 17. The Raiders captured the Conference USA title in 2016 and toppled second-seeded Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Rams will complete their non-conference slate with home dates against Louisiana Monroe (Dec. 22), a 20-win club in 2015-16, and Howard (Dec. 27). 
December 27, 2016 RAMS BLAST HOWARD 85-51