See the Hoos at home. The John Paul Jones Arena is electric. Slightly biased UVa graduates will tell you that it's just as thunderous as Cameron Indoor Stadium. The ACC is PARTICULARLY good this year (a total of SIX teams rank among the AP Top 25). Point being: if you have been meaning to go to more college basketball games, this is the year to get off your couch and head over to JPJ.
Tony Bennett’s team is 12-0 heading into ACC play, which is pretty much par for the course. The difference this year is the quality of the competition. First up is Florida State, a team enjoying their best start in years. FSU’s jerseys this season are either bold or strange—take your pick—and in these jerseys, they’ll be our first true test. They’re currently ranked #9 overall.
Florida State, Saturday Jan. 5 at 3:00 P.M.
The Virginia Tech game might be worth taking off work for. Seriously. At the moment, they’re #10 in the country.
Virginia Tech, Tuesday Jan. 15 at 8:00 P.M.
If you have a poor start to your week, catch the Wake Forest game. Witnessing a good old-fashioned blowout is always good for morale.
Wake Forest, Tuesday Jan. 22 at 9:00 P.M.
A win for the Hoos is certain here, but the fashion of the win is not. Tickets will likely be a little cheaper for this Saturday game. This’d be a good pick if you want to bring the whole family without burning too much money.
Miami, Saturday Feb. 2 at 2:00 P.M.
Plan ahead for this one (meaning that tickets will not be plentiful or cheap). I’ve heard they start this guy named Zion who’s supposedly fun to watch, and that they have a coach who is almost as skilled as Tony Bennett. Certain misguided coaches, sportswriters, and broadcasters consistently rank these “Blue Devils” above the Cavaliers, a habit they will keep up seemingly until the end of time, and though the Cavaliers have a better record than the “Blue Devils,” the “Blue Devils” are sitting atop the AP/Coaches Polls. This could be the best game of the regular season (not an exaggeration).
Duke, Saturday Feb. 9 at 6:00 P.M.
It’s a Saturday! You have no excuse!
Notre Dame, Saturday Feb. 16 at 2:00 P.M.
Georgia Tech, Wednesday Feb. 27 at 7:00 P.M.
Pitt, Saturday Mar. 2 at 2:00 P.M.
If Louisville doesn’t win at home on February 23rd, this will be a particularly humorous matchup. They’ve been unable to beat UVa for a while now. Also: It’s the last game of the regular season! Which makes it the optimal time to witness the state of Tony’s squad before the tournaments.
Louisville, Saturday Mar. 9
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Tickets will be made available for each match-up roughly a week in advance.