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GREENSBORO, N.C.A 17-game home schedule, featuring eight games against Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) opponents along with visits by Auburn, South Florida and Xavier, highlights the Virginia men’s basketball team’s 2008-09 schedule released Tuesday (Aug. 26) by the ACC.

Virginia has 11 lettermen, including three starters, returning from last year’s team that compiled an overall record of 17-16 and reached the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).

Among the teams scheduled to visit UVa’s John Paul Jones Arena during the 2008-09 season in addition to Auburn, South Florida and Xavier are ACC opponents Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. The Cavaliers also host non-conference opponents Brown, Hampton, Liberty, Longwood, Radford and VMI.

Virginia has compiled an overall record of 29-8 in two seasons playing at home in the John Paul Jones Arena.

UVa’s 2008-09 road schedule features games at Minnesota in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, at Syracuse and eight games against ACC opponents. The Cavaliers are scheduled to play ACC games at Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech.

“As has been the case each year since I’ve been here, we’re challenging ourselves in the non-league part of our schedule to get ready for a very difficult ACC schedule,” UVa head coach Dave Leitao said. “We have a young team and with this schedule we have to be ready to play at a very high level. Our players and coaching staff are very excited about what we have in front of us.”

Virginia opens the 2008-09 season against VMI at the John Paul Jones Arena on Nov 16.

Of Virginia’s 27 games, 16 will come against teams that participated in postseason play last season. The Cavaliers play seven games against 2008 NCAA Tournament teams (Clemson-twice, North Carolina-twice, Duke, Miami, Xavier), eight games against 2008 NIT teams (Florida State-twice, Maryland-twice, Virginia Tech-twice, Minnesota, Syracuse) and one game against a team that joined Virginia in the inaugural CBI field (Brown).

Additional television selections by ACC television partners are pending and will be determined at a later date.

UVa men’s basketball season ticket holders from last season will receive ordering information by e-mail the week ending Aug. 29 and by mail shortly thereafter. Season tickets go on sale Aug. 28 for fans who did not have season tickets in 2007-08. Season tickets can be ordered on line at or by calling the UVa athletics ticket office at 1-800-542-8821 or 434/924-8821. Fans can also order in person at the athletics ticket office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The priority deadline for all season ticket orders is Sept. 19.

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