Virginia's 2006-07 Men's Basketball Schedule Features 17 Home Games
Aug. 17, 2006
GREENSBORO, N.C. – High profile opponents, a beautiful new arena and five returning starters are among the reasons why it promises to be an exciting season of men’s basketball at the University of Virginia. The Atlantic Coast Conference released Virginia’s 2006-07 schedule on Thursday (Aug. 17) and it includes 17 home games at the John Paul Jones Arena featuring some of the most accomplished programs in college basketball.
Three of the top teams in last season’s final NCAA RPI rankings – Duke, Gonzaga and Arizona – visit Virginia’s new basketball home this season and the Cavaliers are scheduled to play nine home games against teams that participated in postseason play last year. Stanford joins Arizona and Gonzaga as the featured non-conference opponents coming to the JPJ Arena, while Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest join Duke as ACC opponents visiting Charlottesville this winter. The Cavaliers also play non-conference opponents American, Hampton, Longwood, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Morgan State and North Carolina-Asheville at home.
UVa’s road schedule features the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico, a game at Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and eight games with ACC opponents. The Cavaliers are scheduled to play ACC games at Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. UVa could play as many as eight games away from home against teams that participated in postseason play last season.
“Our 2006-07 schedule is a very challenging one and it starts at home,” Virginia head coach Dave Leitao said. “I can’t imagine there are too many teams in the nation playing eight conference home games against the caliber of teams we play in the ACC and then scheduling non-conference home games against opponents like Arizona, Gonzaga and Stanford. A schedule like this is tough on the coaching staff, but it’s a wonderful opportunity for our players to compete against quality opponents and for our fans to see some of the top college basketball teams in the nation.”
Virginia opens the 2006-07 season at the John Paul Jones Arena against Arizona on Nov. 12. The new arena is designed to provide an exciting atmosphere and an attractive venue for Cavalier fans to experience collegiate basketball competition at its highest level.
Season tickets for Virginia’s home schedule go on sale Sept. 5. They can be ordered on line at www.virginiasports.com or by calling the UVa athletics ticket office at 1-800-542-8821 or 434/924-8821. Fans can also order men’s basketball season tickets by stopping by the athletics ticket office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.