Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State is bringing back this intense rivalry to its non-conference schedule

Wichita State’s Joe Ragland scrambles for a loose ball against VCU’s Treveon Graham during their NCAA tournament game at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. (March 14, 2012)
Wichita State’s Joe Ragland scrambles for a loose ball against VCU’s Treveon Graham during their NCAA tournament game at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. (March 14, 2012) The Wichita Eagle

When VCU and Wichita State met three times in less than two years, the two teams produced three thrillers — games all decided in the final minute on the final possession.

It was announced Wednesday the rivalry will continue this season with the two sides agreeing to a home-and-home series. The Shockers will travel to Richmond, Va. this season for a Saturday, Dec. 22 matchup, while VCU will make the return visit to Koch Arena in 2019 for a Dec. 21 showdown.

It will end a six-year hiatus since the two programs met during their ascension in the college basketball world.

VCU needed a 68-67 victory over the Shockers in Wichita to springboard into the 2011 NCAA Tournament, where it made a Final Four run. The following year the two met in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, where the 12th-seeded Rams once again pulled off the upset, 62-59.

But Wichita State exacted some revenge during the 2012-13 season, knocking off VCU 53-51 en route to its own Final Four run later that season. The all-time series is 2-2, as WSU also owns a 80-50 win over VCU from the 1996-97 season.

After winning at least 25 games eight straight seasons, VCU finished last season with an 18-15 record and finished as the No. 144 team in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings. The Rams graduated two key starters and another rotation player.

WSU enters this season as one of the most inexperienced teams in the country with just 11 percent of its production returning from last season.

The addition of VCU gives WSU another quality opponent in its 2018 non-conference schedule, which also includes Providence (in Annapolis, Md.), Baylor (at Koch Arena) and Oklahoma (in Oklahoma City) on top of who the Shockers will see in the Charleston Classic.

Here is the updated non-conference schedule as we know so far:

Friday, Nov. 9 -- vs. Providence (Veterans Classic in Annapolis, Md.)

Thursday, Nov. 15 -- vs. Davidson (Charleston Classic in Charleston, SC)

Friday, Nov. 16 -- vs. Purdue or Appalachian State (Charleston Classic in Charleston, SC)

Sunday, Nov. 18 -- vs. TBD (Charleston Classic in Charleston, SC)

Sunday, Nov. 25 -- vs. Rice (Koch Arena)

Saturday, Dec. 1 -- vs. Baylor (Koch Arena)

Saturday, Dec. 8 -- at Oklahoma (Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City)

Saturday, Dec. 15 -- TBD (Intrust Bank Arena)

Wednesday, Dec. 19 -- vs. Oral Roberts (Koch Arena)

Saturday, Dec. 22 -- at VCU

Unknown -- vs. Louisiana Tech (Koch Arena)

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