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The 2013 – 2014 College Basketball season saw the VCU Rams get off to a flying start winning three straight, only to see that win streak end on their getaway to San Juan for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic. Thursday night, the 10th-ranked Rams ran into a Florida State team clearly ready to play.  VCU struggled throughout and lost their first game in four outings, 85 – 67 to the ACC Seminoles.   The Rams rebounded to defeat Long Beach State in their second game of the event but stumbled again on Sunday against the Georgetown Hoyas, falling 84 – 80.  VCU is now 4 – 2 and will surely take a huge tumble in the polls this week.

Meanwhile, Virginia improved to 4 – 1 on Saturday with a 75 – 53 win over the Flames of Liberty University as the Cavaliers seem to have bounced back from the earlier VCU loss to claim victories over Davidson and the Naval Academy.  With Hampton coming to Charlottesville on Tuesday, the Wahoos hope to pile up some victories before diving head-first into that tough ACC schedule.   The Hokies of Virginia Tech survived a stumble out of the gate to go 3 – 1, and faced a huge challenge against No. 1 ranked Michigan State on Saturday in Brooklyn.  The Spartans were dominant as expected in a 96 – 77 rout of the Hokies in the Coaches Vs Cancer Classic in New York, and Tech then lost a heartbreaker to Seton Hall 68 – 67 in their second outing of the event to fall to 3 – 3 on the season.

The University of Richmond is now 4 – 2 following a loss on Saturday to the 24th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels in the Hall Of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in Connecticut.t.  Richmond played Fairfield University in that same event on Sunday and came away with a 68 – 47 victory.   In the MEAC, Hampton rolled out of the gate with two straight wins but have dropped two straight since to Delaware and Quinnipiac. The Pirates fall again on Sunday at Missouri State 81 – 67 in a non-conference game.  Across the bay at Norfolk State, the Spartans are now 3- 2.  but they won’t hit the court again until December 1st when the Spartans visit Brooklyn to play Long Island University.

In the CIAA, the Trojans of Virginia State traveled to North Carolna for a double dip in the Mount Olive Tip Off, defeating Barton College 58 – 56 on Friday and knocking off host Mount Olive 55 – 51 on Saturday evening.   VSU is off to a great start at 4 – 1 under new Head Coach Lonnie Blow and are off until next weekend’s home game against UVA-Lynchburg.   The Panthers of Virginia Union went into the weekend seeking their first win of the season, and got it in the Saint Leo Classic, a 68 – 62 victory over the host school, Saint Leo.  However, in the second game of the weekend event, the Panthers lost to Rollins College 77 – 59.  Virginia Union is now 1 – 5, but found some positives to move forward after getting their initial victory.

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