The latest piece of the Virginia men’s basketball schedule slid into place this week when the Hoos’ matchup in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge was announced. The Cavaliers drew Michigan State for this year’s event and that fired up the UVA fans that have wanted another shot at the Spartans. Virginia is 0-5 all-time against State, including a pair of exits in the NCAA Tournament during Tony Bennett’s tenure.
The Hoos and Spartans square off on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the John Paul Jones Arena. The TV assignment and tipoff time will be announced at a later date. Message board threads about the matchup with Michigan State can be found here (this one talks about the whole challenge lineup plus Virginia’s overall schedule), here (this thread flashes back to the canceled game in Richmond), and here (this thread discusses the Hauser brothers matchup).
The addition of Michigan State to the schedule has set up a challenging non-conference slate for Virginia. The Hoos officially have announced games with Florida, a top 25 team in the preseason, and Villanova, a top 5 team in the preseason, as well as MSU, a top 15 team in the preseason. For a team with ACC title and National Championship aspirations, UVA will clearly be tested throughout the season with this slate in place.
Of the non-conference games announced to date, which one are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the poll below.
Which Of These Non-Conference Games Are You Most Excited to Watch?
- Villanova (62%, 93 Votes)
- Michigan State (33%, 49 Votes)
- Florida (3%, 4 Votes)
- St. Peter's (3%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 150
With that in mind, let’s dive into the rest of TheSabre.com’s Fan Friday feature.
Fan(s) Of The Week
For Halloween, you could go with the CavMan hat as a simple costume …
Student Fan(s) Of The Week
Or maybe the full costume …
Feature Photo Of the Week
Or how about: Red Panda!