VCU opens home schedule with Toledo

WEB EXTRA: Shaka Smart discusses home opener vs. Toledo

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Fresh off a season opening win over Tennessee, VCU holds its home opener against Toledo on Tuesday night in the first round of the Legends Classic. The Siegel Center brings a streak of 50 straight sellouts into the season, one that's expected to continue on Tuesday night and beyond.

The Rams are coming off an 85-69 win over the Volunteers to open their season. Melvin Johnson scored 23 points to pace VCU, while Treveon Graham added 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.

Toledo is coming off a 27-7 season a year ago in which the Rockets earned an NIT berth. They return four starters from that squad and topped Northern Arizona to open their season.

VCU senior guard Briante Weber makes his season debut, after serving his suspension during the Tennessee game. Weber enters the season needing 90 steals to set an all-time NCAA record for career steals.

Sophomore guard JeQuan Lewis was not cleared to play as of Monday night, but he had not been ruled out for Tuesday's game either. Lewis will be evaluated Tuesday as he continues to recover from a concussion he suffered late in the first half of Friday's win.

The Rams won every game at the Siegel Center last year and have won 20 straight contests in the venue dating back to 2012-2013. They've fallen in just seven contests on their own floor in Shaka Smart's five years as head coach.

Tip-off is set for 6:00pm on Tuesday. Click on the above video to hear some of Smart's thoughts on Toledo, playing against good competition and Briante Weber's return.

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