We have a little more clarity on the upcoming 2020 Virginia Basketball season as it pertains to scheduling. CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander announced Monday, October 5 that the Cavaliers will play Florida at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. The game is scheduled for November 27.
News: Virginia and Florida have agreed to play each other at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun on Nov. 27, sources told @CBSSports. Virginia is preseason-top-five good. Florida: top 25-level. It would be the first regular-season game ever between the two. Story: https://t.co/IllaEQ4nkt— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) October 5, 2020
This would be the first regular season meeting between the two teams, though Florida has beaten Tony Bennett’s Virginia in the NCAA tournament in both 2017 and 2012. According to Norlander, both Virginia and Florida will also play a mid-major at the Mohegan Sun on November 25 to start the season.
Virginia was originally scheduled to play in the Wooden Legacy event alongside Kansas, UCLA, and Georgetown. That event moved to Orlando, Florida, as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and Georgetown has already officially pulled out of the event. With the new schedule update, sources say the Cavaliers have opted out of the Wooden Legacy.
This should be a good matchup as the Hoos are expected to be a top-5 team this season, and the Gators are likely to be top-25. Florida finished last season with a 19-12 (11-7 SEC) record before postseason play was canceled as a result of the pandemic.
The ACC-Big Ten Challenge is still being pursued based on reports from late September, so the Hoos will likely host a high-profile Big Ten opponent. December’s game against Villanova, which was set to be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City, is the lone game still listed on the schedule on Virginia’s official website. If they keep both of those matchups, it’s likely Virginia tries to schedule one more game as teams will be allowed five non-conference games this season.
Stay tuned for more updates!