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Report: Penn State, VCU Basketball to Have Home-And-Home Series

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BROOKLYN, NY - MARCH 12: VCU Rams Head Coach Mike Rhoades celebrates winning the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship game between the Dayton Flyers and VCU Rams on March 12, 2023, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire)

Penn State basketball took Mike Rhoades from VCU, and Rams’ fans that are bitter about that will get to see their team take on the Nittany Lions down the road, per report.

Hours after Penn State officially announced that Rhoades would be coming to Happy Valley, college basketball insider Jon Rothstein tweeted that, per sources, Penn State and VCU will have a home-and-home series as part of Rhoades’s buyout with VCU.

As Rothstein pointed out, this shouldn’t be a surprise.

VCU is known to do this whenever its coaches have moved on. After Rhoades’s predecessor, Will Wade, left for LSU in 2017, the teams played in the 2019-20 season, with VCU winning.

After Wade’s predecessor and Rhoades’s old boss, Shaka Smart, left for Texas, VCU and Texas played in the 2017-18 and 18-19 seasons, with Rhoades as VCU’s head coach. The team’s split the short series.

VCU and Alabama had a home-and-home after Smart’s predecessor, Anthony Grant, left for Tuscaloosa. The teams split games in November 2011 and December 2012, respectively.

There’s a chance PSU and VCU would have played next season regardless of Rhoades.

As Rothstein himself reported in December, PSU and VCU are two of the six programs that are part of the 2023 ESPN Invitational in Orlando, along with schools such as Butler, Iowa State, Virginia Tech and Texas A&M.

Penn State and VCU have met once before. That took place in the 2020-21 season, with Penn State, led by interim coach Jim Ferry, pulling out a 72-69 win. Seth Lundy, who played his last college game earlier this month, led Penn State with 32 points, the most he ever scored as a Nittany Lion.

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