There's a basketball buzz in the state of Virginia, even this early in the season.
VCU and the Cavaliers are preparing to square off on the basketball court for the first time since 1998.
The No. 14 Rams (1-0) will travel to Charlottesville Tuesday night to play 25th-ranked Virginia (1-0). VCU has become the standard-bearer recently in state hoops with three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the 2011 Final Four,
''I think it's a great opportunity for both teams and also for all the fans of basketball in this area,'' VCU coach Shaka Smart said Monday. ''There's a lot of great basketball that goes on throughout the year in Virginia, in the Mid-Atlantic region, but for this early in the year, for two teams that are in the top 25 to play one another ... I think that's what it's all about.
''And for our teams, it's a chance to test ourselves because when you play a team as good as Virginia, as talented and as experienced as Virginia, it's certainly a big ch...