The Virginia Cavaliers will take on the Yale Bulldogs this fall at John Paul Jones Arena, as reported this morning by CBSSports's Jon Rothstein this morning:
Virginia will host Yale as part of its 16-17 non-conference schedule, source told @CBSSports.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 14, 2016
Yale is coming off a banner season, in which they finished 23-7, winning the Ivy League and upsetting fifth-seeded Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Yale team that visits JPJ this season is unlikely to replicate last season's success. The team graduates three seniors from its starting lineup including Ivy League Player of the Year Justin Sears; additionally, Makai Mason, who scored 31 in that upset against Baylor, has declared for the NBA draft (and has until May 25th to withdraw his name).
Looking at Virginia's schedule as a whole, the team sorely needed games on the schedule that are neither against marquee opponents (@Villanova, vs. WVU) or RPI-killing cupcakes (vs. Robert Morris, vs. Texas - Rio Grande). A potential top-150 opponent, Yale fits that criterion nicely. The Hoos have had recent success against Ivy League opponents, to say the least - the Hoos took down Harvard 76-27 in 2014.
Thirty games of UVA's 2016-2017 schedule is now known, though we will have to wait until August to learn dates, times, and TV information. The team played 30 games the past two years, though it does still have room to add up to two more games if desired. Here's a full look at what we've pieced together.