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ESPN's 2015-16 "Big Monday" schedule released: UVa with two appearances

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After three appearances each of the last two years, the Cavs will be on one of ESPN's flagship college basketball broadcasts twice this season - once at home and once on the road.

Hoos ready for some more ESPN airtime?
Hoos ready for some more ESPN airtime?
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We now know a bit more about this year's Virginia basketball schedule, as the ACC announced on Wednesday the dates and times for the conference's games on the program this year.

UVa will host NC State on Feb. 15 at JPJ, and hit the road to Coral Gables, Fla. a week later (Feb. 22) to play Miami. Both games are set to tip off at 7 p.m.

Virginia beat Miami in a double overtime thriller last year on the road to kick off conference play, and followed up that win with another, at home, against NC State four days later.

The Hoos have won five straight Big Monday contests dating back to 2014, when a close loss at Duke on Jan. 13 of that year was followed up by a couple of home wins - over North Carolina on Jan. 20 and Maryland on Feb. 10. They won at UNC, at home against Pittsburgh, and at Syracuse last year.

Virginia's games between both the Wolfpack and the Hurricanes almost always end up as nail-biting affairs that go down to the wire, and more often than not with some kind of storyline in play or March implications on the line. NC State has served as an Achilles' heel in the postseason dating back to the 1980s, and current Miami coach Jim Larranaga was an assistant on Terry Holland's UVa staff from 1979-86.

Typically, Sean McDonough handles play-by-play duties for the ACC game (Big Monday also features a Big 12 game) with Jay Bilas or Shane Battier serving as analyst.

Here's the schedule as we know it so far:

Date/time (All times Eastern) Opponent Location TV
Friday, Nov. 13/TBA Morgan State JPJ TBA
Monday, Nov. 16/TBA George Washington Washington, D.C. TBA
Thursday, Nov. 19/TBA
Bradley (Charleston Classic) Charleston, S.C. TBA
Friday, Nov. 20/TBA Seton Hall or Long Beach State (Charleston Classic) Charleston, S.C. TBA
Sunday, Nov. 22/TBA Ole Miss, George Mason, Oklahoma State, or Towson (Charleston Classic) Charleston, S.C. TBA
Tuesday, Dec. 1/7:30 p.m. Ohio State (ACC/Big Ten Challenge) Columbus, Ohio ESPN
Saturday, Dec. 5/TBA William & Mary JPJ TBA
Tuesday, Dec. 8/TBA West Virginia (Jimmy V Classic) New York, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden) ESPN
Saturday, Dec. 19/TBA Villanova JPJ TBA
Tuesday, Dec. 22/9 p.m.
California JPJ ESPN2
Wednesday, Dec. 30/TBA Oakland JPJ TBA
Monday, Feb. 15/7 p.m. NC State JPJ ESPN
Monday, Feb. 22/7 p.m. Miami Coral Gables, Fla. ESPN

The full schedule should be released in about two weeks. Until then...