How to Watch VCU vs Vanderbilt Basketball 2021

Jerry Stackhouse

Getty Jerry Stackhouse and the Vanderbilt Commodores take on VCU.

The Vanderbilt Commodores (2-0) will host the VCU Rams (1-1) at Memorial Gymnasium in a compelling non-conference basketball matchup Wednesday night.

The game (8 p.m. ET start time) isn’t on regular TV, but it will stream live on both SEC Network+ (this can be watched on the ESPN app or website if you have a cable package or streaming service that includes SEC Network) and ESPN+.

Here’s a more in-depth rundown of all the ways you can watch VCU vs Vanderbilt:

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ESPN+

Every game that is on SEC Network+ (which is different from the regular SEC Network TV channel) is also available on ESPN+:

Get ESPN+

ESPN+ will have exclusive coverage of 2,000+ college basketball games during the 2021-22 season. It also includes dozens of other live sports, every 30-for-30 documentary and additional original content (both video and written) all for $6.99 for a month or $69.99 for a year.

Or, if you also want Disney+ and Hulu, you can get all three for $13.99 per month. Separately, the three streaming services would cost a total $20.97 per month, so you’re saving about 33 percent:

Get the ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu Bundle

Once signed up for ESPN+, you can watch VCU vs Vanderbilt live on the ESPN app on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4 or 5, Xbox One or Series X/S, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), Samsung Smart TV, Oculus Go, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet.

You can also watch on your computer via ESPN.com.


FuboTV

You can watch SEC Network+ with a subscription to FuboTV. You’ll need the Sports Plus add-on, but you can include the main channel package and any add-ons with your free seven-day trial:

FuboTV Free Trial

Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch VCU vs Vanderbilt live on the ESPN app (not the FuboTV app), which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, PlayStation 4 or 5, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), various smart TVs, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the ESPN website.

You’ll be asked to sign in to a cable provider to watch this way, but you can use your Fubo credentials to do that.


DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream (formerly AT&T TV) has four different channel packages: “Entertainment,” “Choice,” “Ultimate” and “Premier.” You’ll need “Choice” or above to watch SEC Network+, but you can pick any package and any add-on you want with your free 14-day trial.

Note that the free trial isn’t advertised as such, but your “due today” amount will be $0 when signing up. If you watch on your computer, phone or tablet, you won’t be charged for 14 days. If you watch on a streaming device on your TV (Roku, Fire Stick, Apple TV, etc.), you will be charged for the first month, but you can get still get a full refund if you cancel before 14 days:

DirecTV Stream Free Trial

Once signed up for DirecTV Stream, you can watch VCU vs Vanderbilt live on the ESPN app (not the DirecTV Stream app), which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, PlayStation 4 or 5, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), various smart TVs, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the ESPN website.

You’ll be asked to sign in to a cable provider to watch this way, but you can use your DirecTV Stream credentials (may still be listed as AT&T on the list of cable providers) to do that.


Sling TV

You can watch a live stream of SEC Network+ with a subscription to Sling TV–you’ll need the “Sling Orange + Sports Extra” bundle. This option doesn’t include a free trial, but it’s the cheapest long-term streaming service with SEC Network+, and you can get your first month for just $21:

Get Sling TV

Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch VCU vs Vanderbilt live on the ESPN app (not the Sling TV app), which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, PlayStation 4 or 5, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), various smart TVs, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the ESPN website.

You’ll be asked to sign in to a cable provider to watch this way, but you can use your Sling credentials to do that.


Vidgo

You can watch SEC Network+ with a subscription to Vidgo, which comes with a free seven-day trial:

Get Vidgo

Once signed up for Vidgo, you can watch VCU vs Vanderbilt live on the ESPN app (not the Vidgo app), which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, PlayStation 4 or 5, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), various smart TVs, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the ESPN website.

You’ll be asked to sign in to a cable provider to watch this way, but you can use your Vidgo credentials to do that.


Hulu With Live TV

You can watch a live stream of SEC Network+ with a subscription to Hulu With Live TV, which comes with a free seven-day trial:

Hulu With Live TV Free Trial

Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch VCU vs Vanderbilt live on the ESPN app (not the Hulu app), which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, PlayStation 4 or 5, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), various smart TVs, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the ESPN website.

You’ll be asked to sign in to a cable provider to watch this way, but you can use your Hulu credentials to do that.


VCU vs Vanderbilt Preview

The Rams are coming off their first loss of the season, falling 58-44 to Wagner. KeShawn Curry was the lone player scoring in double figures for VCU, finishing with 11 points.

“We got some good, open looks. Got stuff around the basket,” VCU head coach Mike Rhoades said. “But we really got pushed out, and we didn’t attack it. Against their man-to-man, we ran some stuff. We didn’t execute some of the calls out of timeouts, out of dead balls.”

The Rams managed just 18 points in the second half, and they allowed Wagner to go on an 11-0 run in the closing minutes. VCU’s young lineup, featuring multiple freshmen and transfers, has yet to gel, but that should come with time.

“We’re not sugarcoating this,” Rhoades added. “We got beat on our floor by a tougher team, and we frayed. And we got to fix it quick.”

On the other side, the Commodores are coming off a 79-60 win over Texas State Sunday night. Scotty Pippen scored 30 points, shooting 10-of-17 from the floor, Jordan Wright added 16 and Myles Stute chipped in 12 points for the Commodores in the win. Vandy was white-hot from downtown, making 44.4% of its 3-point shots, which is something that made the team’s head coach happy.

“Twelve of 27, that’s a pretty good number. That’s about the number that I felt like we need,” Vanderbilt head coach Jerry Stackhouse said after the game.

“I think that can almost secure a win for us,” Stackhouse added. “Don’t hold me to that, but I feel like we get 11 or 12, that’s going to really bode well for us winning. Normally when we’ve done that in the past, things go well for us. But it’s just spraying the ball, getting good looks, making sure we’re not taking any forced, contested ones. We ran a couple of sets there at the end to get some clear looks.”

The Commodores are shooting 44.9% from the floor on the season, and 36.4% from beyond the arc. The Rams aren’t shooting quite as well to start the year, making 41.2-% of their shots from the field and only 20%of their 3-point attempts.

These two teams have met twice before, with Vanderbilt winning the previous two matchups, the most recent of which was back in 2008.


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