It is summer break and that means the start of special summer programming on WVCW! Here is what you can expect and when all summer long on WVCW!
(Shows are listed in alphabetical order, times are in military time)
Aaron Johnson: Sundays (17:00-17:55)
The Beacon Hill Project: Tuesdays (18:00-19:55)
Brianna Earl: Sundays (18:00-18:55)
Center of the Aisle: Tuesdays (22:00-23:55)
Charlie Hunt: Thursdays (18:00-19:55)
Dai Norman: Tuesdays (15:00-15:55)
David Sporn: Mondays (20:00-21:55)
Dominique Gay: Mondays (18:00-19:55)
Elena Correa: Thursdays (20:00-21:55)
Hadiya Gale: Sundays (07:00-07:55)
Hal Aderholt: Fridays (10:00-10:55)
Jack Wolfe: Wednesdays (17:00-17:55)
Julia Carney: Tuesdays (07:00-07:30)
Julia and Mati: Wednesdays (20:00-21:55)
Katelyn Moody: Tuesdays (16:00-16:55)
Katie Gallant: Tuesdays (20:00-21:55)
Leah Buchman: Saturdays (19:00-19:55)
Live from RVA w/ Rodney: Fridays (21:00-22:55)
Martin Klunder: Thursdays (15:00-15:55)
No Order: Wednesdays (18:00-19:55)
No Scrubs: Wednesdays (22:00-23:55)
POP Therapy: Mondays (22:00-23:55)
Riley Slate: Sundays (14:00-14:55)
Sean Pritchard: Sundays (20:00-20:55)
Topics with Tiff: Thursdays (22:00-22:55)
The Ugly Naked Girls: Sundays (22:00-23:55)
VCU Men’s Basketball head coach, Will Wade is staying in Richmond. After speculation about Will Wade possibly taking the head coaching job at Vanderbilt in his hometown of Nashville, Will Wade has agreed to an eight-year contract extension through the 2023-2024 season.
In his first season as head coach at VCU, Wade led the Rams to a 25-11 record winning a share of the Atlantic 10 conference regular season title. The Rams also made it to their sixth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. The Rams defeated Oregon State in the first round of the tournament before losing to Oklahoma in the second round. Specifics of the contract have not be released yet.
This will be the second time these two teams meet in a 10-day period. The Spiders were in control of the game going up by as much as 10 in the second half until Dayton’s offense got into a rhythm with the help of Scoochie Smith and Charles Cooke. Dayton forward, Kendall Pollard will play despite not being 100 percent. Richmond is more than capable of pulling off the upset regardless of Pollard’s status. The Flyers have not been playing their best ball down the stretch but by winning a share of the regular season A-10 title, they can rest easy knowing that they will be in the NCAA Tournament win, lose or draw.
Richmond 77 Dayton 73
#4 Saint Joseph’s Hawks vs. #5 George Washington Colonials
Feb. 10 @ George Washington – St. Joe’s 84 GW 66
First of all, if George Washington loses, they will not lose by 18. I expect the game to be much closer. Both teams sport dynamic duos, GW with Pato Garino and Tyler Cavanaugh and St. Joseph’s with Isaiah Miles and A-10 Player of the Year DeAndre Bembry. With the Colonials on the bubble, they will likely be fighting for their tournament lives. This one has the makings of a good ole slobberknocker in what could be the game of the day.
St. Joseph’s 68 George Washington 64
#2 VCU Rams vs. #10 Massachusetts Minutemen
Feb. 11 @ UMass – UMass 69 VCU 63
The Rams will look to scrub the taste out of their mouths after losing in Amherst in February in a game where they got outplayed. UMass was in complete control of their game against Rhody, but nearly coughed up the game yesterday against Rhode Island. UMass cannot afford to have that happen against VCU. Both teams will look to push the pace, but the fresher legs of VCU will likely get them the win.
VCU 76 Massachusetts 65
#3 St. Bonaventure Bonnies vs. #6 Davidson Wildcats
Jan. 2 @ St. Bonaventure – St. Bonaventure 97 Davidson 85
This is my runner-up for best game of the day. Both teams love to score as they are in the top four in scoring offense in conference play. Both teams sport their own terrific trifectas with St. Bonaventure’s Marcus Posley, Dion Wright and Jaylen Adams and Davidson’s Jack Gibbs, Peyton Aldridge and Brian Sullivan averaging roughly 54 points per game. You can expect a shootout between these teams that could go either way. If the game gets physical, St. Bonaventure should have the advantage as Davidson is not a team known for getting physical. Should be a fun game to watch.
St. Bonaventure 86 Davidson 81
A-10 Semi-Final Games
#4 St. Joseph’s Hawks vs. #9 Richmond Spiders
#2 VCU Rams vs. St. Bonaventure Bonnies
I like Richmond in this game. Richmond is one of my sleeper teams coming into this weekend’s tournament. Richmond has a high-powered offense that is more than capable of withstanding the defense of any Atlantic 10 team. While the Spiders have disappointed this season after their fourth place finish in the A-10 last season, the tournament could give them some new life as a win against the Rams could give them confidence going into a Friday afternoon game against the Dayton Flyers.
Richmond 82 Fordham 73
#5 George Washington Colonials vs. #13 Saint Louis Billikens
Feb. 6 @ Saint Louis – Saint Louis 65 George Washington 62
The Billikens come into today’s game with a win against the George Mason Patriots last night, 83-78. Even though they upset GW two months ago, I’m taking the Colonials in today’s game. George Washington head coach, Mike Lonergan will have his guys rested and ready to avenge their January loss. Kevin Larsen could have a big day against the Billikens in the post. Do not expect the Billikens to score 80 or more in back-to-back games as they are the second-to-worst team in the conference in scoring offense.
George Washington 78 Saint Louis 62
#7 Rhode Island Rams vs. #10 Massachusetts Minutemen
Feb. 2 @ Massachusetts – Massachusetts 61 Rhode Island 56
Mar. 2 @ Rhode Island – Rhode Island 68 Massachusetts 50
This is one of the trickiest games to predict. While Rhode Island is the better team on paper, however how many guys on paper can play for them? You cannot help but to feel bad for them, since this was supposed to be their year at the top of the Atlantic 10. Rhody did defeat UMass last week with only seven guys getting quality minutes. Rhody has enough to beat UMass, but will they have enough in the tank at the end to do it is the question. UMass will look to play fast to try to wear down the Rams and the Rams will likely play at a slower pace. It will likely come down to which team can impose their style. The game could go either way, but I’m taking the Minutemen in a nail-biter.
UMass 74 Rhode Island 72
#6 Davidson Wildcats vs. #14 La Salle Explorers
Feb 10 @ Davidson – Davidson 79 La Salle 66
The gameplan for any team going against the Wildcats is simple, stop Jack Gibbs. Easier said than done. However, the Explorers did that in their last matchup limiting Gibbs to eight points, but they still lost. Think about what could happen if Jack Gibbs has a decent day. The same can be said for any team that oppose Davidson.
Davidson 87 La Salle 68
#1 Dayton Flyers vs. #9 Richmond Spiders
#4 St. Joseph’s Hawks vs. #5 George Washington Colonials
#2 VCU Rams vs. #10 Massachusetts Minutemen
#3 St. Bonaventure Bonnies vs. #6 Davidson Wildcats
The Rams defeated crosstown rival Richmond Spiders last Monday 53-42. The Rams defense held the Spiders leading scorer, Janelle Hubbard to three points in the game. Curteeona Brelove led the Rams in scoring with 18 points and seven rebounds of the bench while senior, Adaeze Alaeze finished the game with a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
On Wednesday, VCU defeated the Fordham Rams 61-51. VCU trailed Fordham going into half 37-22. The second half played out much differently for VCU as they locked down Fordham defensively by allowing them to score 14 points in the second half. Fordham shot 22% in the second half only making four of their 18 shots in the half. Keira Robinson led VCU in scoring with 15 points while also gathering three steals.
VCU would end the week on a sour note by falling to the Duquesne Dukes on Sunday afternoon 71-67. Duquesne’s April Robinson led all scorers with 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Both teams played a very back-and-forth, fast-paced game that saw 14 lead changes and nine ties. VCU went up by as much as five with 4:07 to go in the third quarter before closing the quarter on a 16-6 run leading 58-53 going into the fourth quarter. VCU would not recapture the lead for the rest of the game. Adaeze Alaeze finished the game with 16 points and nine rebounds for VCU.
This Week: VCU will face the St. Bonaventure Bonnies at the Siegel Center on Wednesday at 7:00 before hitting the road to face the La Salle Explorers on Sunday in Philadelphia at 1:00.
In their lone game of the week, the VCU Rams defeated the Davidson Wildcats 79-69 in Davidson, North Carolina. The win for the Rams was their 11th victory in a row while improving to 8-0 in the Atlantic 10 conference. JeQuan Lewis finished the game 22 points, five assists, four rebounds, and four steals and Mo Alie-Cox had 18 points and 11 rebounds giving him his second career double-double.
VCU blitzed Davidson early going up 29-7 within the first 12 minutes of the game. The Wildcats were able to withstand VCU early barrage by going on a 11-0 run in the final three minutes of the first half to trim VCU’s lead down to 10, 38-28. VCU pushed the lead back up to 15 in the first seven minutes of the second. Davidson would cut the VCU’s lead down to two with baskets from with a 17-2 run Jack Gibbs, Andrew McAuliffe, and Brian Sullivan would spearhead a 17-2 run for the Wildcats that trimmed their deficit down to two with 6:49 to go. This would be the closest Davidson would get for the remainder of the game as VCU would answer with a 15-4 run capped off by a vicious slam by Mo Alie-Cox that would seal the game for VCU.
Jack Gibbs scored 37 points for the Wildcats making it the seventh time this season that he has scored 30 or more points. The loss for Davidson was their first loss at home this season. Davidson won their first 10 games at the Belk Center this season.
This Week: The Rams will travel to Philadelphia to face the La Salle Explorers (5-14, 1-7) on Wednesday at 7:00 before returning to the Siegel Center to play the George Washington Colonials (16-5, 5-3) this Saturday at 12:00.
Men’s Tennis (5-1)
VCU was swept on Friday when they faced the Indiana Hoosiers 4-0. The loss was VCU’s first one this season. However, the Rams were able to rebound to sweep the Marquette Golden Eagles 5-0.
This week: VCU will face the Radford Highlanders at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.
Women’s Tennis (0-1)
Even though VCU’s, Olga Barshcheuskaya defeated No. 35 Martina Frantova, the Rams came up short against the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Saturday 4-3 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
This week: The Rams will face the Georgetown Hoyas on Wednesday at 4:00. The Rams will also have a pair of matches this weekend facing Wake Forest on Saturday at 12:00 and Morgan State on Sunday at 3:00 to round out their slate for the week. Each match will take place at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.
Track and Field
The Men’s and Women’s Track & Field team competed in the Patriot Games in Fairfax, Virginia. The men finished in third place while the women’s team took left the event in first place.
Racheed Davis finished in first place in the triple jump with a 14.09m leap for the men.
Kia Carson finished in first place in the 60m dash with a time of 7.67. Carina Peter finished in first place in the triple jump with a jump of 11.88m.
This week: Both teams will participate in the Akron Invite on Friday February 5 in Akron, Ohio.