RICHMOND, Va. – VCU will defend its Atlantic 10 Conference regular season title in front of a national television audience.

The Rams' 2020 A-10 schedule includes 15 nationally televised contests, including four Friday night showcase games on the ESPN family of networks, the league revealed Wednesday. VCU will appear on an ESPN network (ESPN2 and ESPNU) five times in A-10 play. The Rams' league slate also includes eight CBS Sports Network appearances and a pair of NBC Sports Network contests.

The Black and Gold will kick off conference play on Thursday, Jan. 2 when it hosts Fordham at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.

VCU resumes its rivalry with Richmond on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Siegel Center. The Rams will pay a return visit to the Robins Center on Saturday, Feb. 15. Both of those games will be carried on CBS Sports Network.

The Rams will appear in A-10 Friday night ESPN network showcase games on Jan. 31 at Rhode Island, Feb. 7 against Davidson at the Siegel Center, Feb. 21 at defending league tournament champ Saint Louis and March 6 at Davidson. The Friday night games, which will air on ESPN2 or ESPNU, are a signature piece of the A-10 national television package.

A home-and-home series with Dayton is on tap again in 2020. The Rams will visit UD Arena on Jan. 14 in a CBS Sports Network contest. The Flyers will land at the Siegel Center on Tuesday, Feb. 18. CBS Sports Network will air that game at 8:30 p.m.

In addition to Richmond, Davidson and Dayton, VCU's A-10 schedule includes home-and-home series with George Mason and Rhode Island. VCU will also host St. Bonaventure (Jan. 18, CBSSN), George Washington (Feb. 29, CBSSN) and Duquesne (March 3) at the Siegel Center. Road tilts at Saint Joseph's (Jan. 21, CBSSN), La Salle (Jan. 25, NBCSN) and UMass (Feb. 26) are also on tap. The A-10 Tournament returns to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. March 11-15.

VCU captured the outright regular season A-10 title in 2019 with a 16-2 league mark. The Rams were 25-8 overall in 2018-19 and return eight of their nine top scorers.

Additional TV information will be released at a future date. Season tickets for the 2019-20 season are still available. Please call the VCU ticket office at 804-828-7267 for more information or to reserve your seats today!

2019-20 SCHEDULE

DATE            OPPONENT                                      TIME                    TV
Oct. 26         TBA (Exhibition)                              7 p.m.
Nov. 5          ST. FRANCIS (Pa.)                            TBA
Nov. 8          NORTH TEXAS                                 TBA
Nov. 13        LSU                                                   6 p.m.            ESPN2
Nov. 17        ^JACKSONVILLE STATE                    TBA
Nov. 23        FLORIDA GULF COAST                     TBA
Nov. 25        ^ALABAMA STATE                           TBA
Nov. 29         &vs. Purdue                                      9:30 p.m.       CBSSN
Nov. 30              &vs. Florida St./Tennessee             4/7 p.m.    **CBSSN
Dec. 7           OLD DOMINION                              TBA                         
Dec. 15         MISSOURI STATE                             TBA                         
Dec. 18         at Charleston                                    TBA
Dec. 21         at Wichita State                               TBA
Dec. 29         LOYOLA (Md.)                                 5 p.m.           NBCSN
Jan. 2            *FORDHAM                                     TBA                                  
Jan. 5            *at George Mason                           Noon            NBCSN
Jan. 11          *RHODE ISLAND                              TBA               CBSSN
Jan. 14          *at Dayton                                        TBA                CBSSN
Jan. 18          *ST. BONAVENTURE                       TBA               CBSSN
Jan. 21          *at Saint Joseph's                            9 p.m.            CBSSN
Jan. 25          *at La Salle                                      Noon            NBCSN
Jan. 28          *RICHMOND                                   7 p.m.            CBSSN
Jan. 31          *at Rhode Island                              7 p.m.        ESPN2/U
Feb. 7           *DAVIDSON                                     7 p.m.            ESPN2
Feb. 12         *GEORGE MASON                           7 p.m.           ESPNU
Feb. 15         *at Richmond                                   TBA                CBSSN
Feb. 18         *DAYTON                                         8:30 p.m.      CBSSN
Feb. 21         *at Saint Louis                                  9 p.m.        ESPN2/U
Feb. 26         *at Massachusetts                           TBA                                   
Feb. 29         *GEORGE WASHINGTON                TBA               CBSSN
March 3       *DUQUESNE                                    TBA                         
March 6        *at Davidson                                    TBA                ESPN2
March 11      A-10 Tournament First Round         TBD                         
March 12      A-10 Tournament Second Round    TBD               NBCSN
March 13      A-10 Tournament Quarterfinals      TBD               NBCSN
March 14      A-10 Tournament Semifinals          TBD               CBSSN
March 15      A-10 Championship                         TBA                    CBS

Home games in CAPS and played at the Stuart C. Siegel Center
* - Denotes Atlantic 10 Conference game
^ – Emerald Coast Classic campus game
& - Emerald Coast Classic (Niceville, Fla.)
** - Championship Game broadcast on CBS Sports Network

All times Eastern Standard Time (EST) and subject to change