While VCU’s more youthful fans may be unaware, the Rams share a bond with Charlotte that few other rivals can match. When the Rams and 49ers meet on Saturday, Feb. 9 in Charlotte, it will be the first game between the two since Dec. 7, 1995, back when the schools were more recognizable as UNC Charlotte and Virginia Commonwealth (or the dreaded Va. Commonwealth). Rebrandings aside, that’s plenty of time for people to forget the battles these two schools waged in both the Sun Belt and Metro Conferences. In fact, Charlotte is the only school VCU has shared three conferences with.
From 1977-1995, VCU and Charlotte met 41 times, with the Rams earning a 26-15 edge in the series. Between 1980-1988, one of these schools ended the other’s Sun Belt Championship hopes in the league tournament five times. The most famous of those meetings was a March 7, 1988 clash in the Sun Belt Championship Game (the only time these two met for a title), won 81-79 by Charlotte at the Richmond Coliseum.