Saturday, June 23, 2012

VCU To Murray Looking Less Likely?

Last season fans wrapped around the side of the CFSB Center waiting for the doors to open well before their Racers would square-off against St. Mary's in arguably the most anticipated game in Murray State history. This off-season the athletic department has been working on bringing in an opponent that could repeat that scene. The target was VCU, a 2011 Final Four participant and the winner of the CAA the last two seasons.

About a month ago, VCU and Murray were very close to inking a home and home deal, where VCU would play in Murray this upcoming season. However, a lot has changed since then. The Rams left the CAA to join the Atlantic 10. Which seemed like a good thing because in doing so they would be allowed to play more out of conference games. However, the newest update on the situation coming from VCURamnation.com is disheartening. According to the site VCU may no longer be pursuing the game versus Murray. 

Murray has 27 of their games scheduled as of right now and of all the OOC games the only one that seems enticing is at Dayton. There are only 3 home games from OOC and those would include two NAIA schools and Western Kentucky. You would think that after the exposure Murray received last season that more notable schools would want a home and home with the Racers. VCU already has a Top 25 strength of schedule and adding Murray could possibly put them into the top 10 of SOS.

I'm not ready to surrender all hope on Shaka Smart and Steve Prohm coaching against each other on the floor of the CFSB by any means and as a matter of fact I still believe it will happen. Murray has no games between November 27th and December 8th. So if the game were to happen look for it to come between those dates so that students will have the opportunity to go before winter break. Although it could be during finals week, students will have plenty of time to study as they camp out in front of the CFSB.  

4 comments:

  1. This match-up would bring in 8,000+ and ESPN. Really hope this happens.

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  2. As a VCU fan I look forward to seeing a Darius Theus and Isaiah Canaan matchup, should be fun.

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  3. MSU and VCU WILL play next year.

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  4. VCU had to sort out their new schedule in the A10, along with newcomers Butler and Old Dominion. Now that the dust has cleared, I'd look for talks to resume and a deal to get done soon. They both really want it to happen.

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