The Virginia Cavaliers seem to actually have an opponent for their opening two games after a lot of confusion and changes over the past few days. Virginia is currently in Uncasville, Connecticut, participating in a multi-team event in “Bubbleville” at the Mohegan Sun. Originally, the Hoos were supposed to open this COVID-delayed season with games against Maine and Florida.
Florida had to pause all basketball activities after an outbreak within their program, so they withdrew from the event. Shortly after, Maine had to withdraw for the same reason. After a lot of back and forth and hypothesizing as to who Virginia would play, things were figured out Tuesday night.
Now, the Cavaliers will open the 2020-21 season against the Towson Tigers at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, November 25. On Friday, November 27, Virginia will play San Francisco at 11:30am. The Towson game will be on the streaming platform FloSports, while the San Francisco matchup will be broadcast by ESPN.
Virginia last played Towson to open the 2018-19 season, with the Hoos picking up a 73-42 win in Charlottesville en route to a national championship. The Tigers are preseason No. 202 according to KenPom, while the Hoos are at No. 16 with the No. 1 defense and No. 76 offense. Kihei Clark played 24 minutes the last time the two teams met and added six assists and four points. Jay Huff, a projected starter for Virginia, played eight minutes and scored eight points.
San Francisco is preseason No. 83, per KenPom.
Stay tuned for more updates as they’re available!