The basketball season gets underway in 10 days, and we’re going to wrap up our breakdown of Virginia’s ACC basketball schedule. We’ve already looked at the first part of the ACC schedule with Parts I and II, but now it’s time to look at the final seven games of the conference slate. And woooo boy it’s a doozy. The Hoos face all three of the teams picked to finish ahead of Virginia in the ACC in a 3-week span, plus face tough road games at Cassel
Auditorium Coliseum and Miami.
Let’s get to it!
@ North Carolina (2/15) - Virginia returns the Tar Heels trip to Charlottesville with a journey to the Dean Dome. We’ll know a lot more about these teams and what kind of impact this game will have on the standings, but it’s certainly one that will receive a lot of hype.
Boston College (2/19) - Another foe the Cavaliers will have already faced earlier in the season. It’s unlikely the Eagles present much of a challenge on the road, and that should make things even easier at home for the Hoos.
@ Pitt (2/22) - The Panthers will undoubtedly be better this season in Jeff Capel’s second year at the helm. They were picked to finish 10th in the league by the media, and will look for their large class of sophomores to lead the way and build on a 14-19 (3-15 ACC) season. Pitt graduated Jared Wilson-Frame, but return two double digit scorers in Xavier Johnson and Trey McGowen.
@ Virginia Tech (2/26) - Another second matchup for the Hoos as they travel to Blacksburg after hosting the Hokies on January 4. How will the first season under new head coach Mike Young go?
Duke (2/29) - No, that’s not a typo on the date. We’ve got a LEAP YEAR GAME! Virginia only plays the Blue Devils once this season, and it’s at John Paul Jones Arena. Luckily Zion Williamson is gone, but Duke brings in yet another star-studded class of freshmen. They’ll join Tre Jones, Jack White, and Javin Delaurier as the Blue Devils are once again preseason favorites to win the ACC (despite not having won it since a shared title in 2010).
@ Miami (3/4) - For the second time this season, Virginia will travel to the Sunshine State. The Hurricanes are one of the teams that will likely fall to the middle/bottom of the standings, but they return dynamic guard Chris Lykes. Miami finished 14-18 last season, going 5-13 in conference. DJ Vasiljevic also returns, but the Canes graduate three of their five starters.
Louisville (3/7) - Virginia closes out the regular season hosting the Cardinals. Barring a complete disaster of a season, this will be the last home game for Mamadi Diakite and Braxton Key.
Stay tuned as we hit the home stretch before the season kicks off on November 6 at Syracuse.