Thursday, June 7, 2012

As expected, more travel for VCU in A-10

Everyone knew that VCU's move to the Atlantic 10 would require the Rams to do more traveling. Now we can quantify it

When the league announced each team's conference opponents and game sites earlier this week, we learned that VCU will travel to Butler, Richmond, Fordham, Charlotte, St. Bonaventure, Temple and Saint Louis. Those seven schools are a combined 2,725 miles (approximately) from Richmond. Last year, the Rams' nine CAA road foes were a combined 1,769 miles from campus.

Granted, the Rams' 2011-12 conference schedule was particularly travel-friendly as it required only one major junket (Georgia State) and no visits to Hofstra or Northeastern. But even the year before, when they did have to venture to Massachusetts and Georgia, the total was 2,207 miles, still more than 500 less than their new A-10 slate.

The Rams will make just seven road trips because the Atlantic 10 settled on a 14-game schedule for its 16 women's basketball teams. Each team will play one game against 14 of the 15 other league teams. VCU's conference home games will be against George Washington, Dayton, Duquesne, LaSalle, Xavier, Rhode Island and St. Joseph's. The one A-10 team VCU will not face is UMass.

Fellow A-10 member Richmond will have home games against Charlotte, Dayton, VCU, UMass, St. Bonaventure, Saint Louis and Xavier; and road games at Duquesne, Fordham, George Washington, Butler, Rhode Island, St. Joseph's and Temple. The Spiders will not play LaSalle.

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