Aug. 18, 1997

Men's Basketball Schedule Features 13 Games at University Hall

Cavaliers to Participate in NationsBank Virginia Challenge

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- A 1997-98 men's basketball schedule featuring 13 regular season games at University Hall, three games at the University of Richmond's Robins Center and a trip to the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, has been released by University of Virginia Athletic Director Terry Holland. Virginia is scheduled to play seven games against in-state opponents.

The Cavaliers open their 1997-98 season with a non-conference game at the University of Richmond on November 15. The game is one of three games Virginia is scheduled to play at Richmond's Robins Center. In addition to the season opener, UVa plays Virginia Commonwealth (Dec. 13) and Wake Forest (Jan. 4) at the Robins Center.

The Cavaliers are scheduled to play three games, including one Atlantic Coast Conference game, in Richmond, Va., during each of the next four seasons. The series of games is sponsored by NationsBank and is called the NationsBank Virginia Challenge.

Virginia opens its home schedule at University Hall on November 19 against William and Mary. UVa plays seven games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents and also faces non-conference opponents George Mason (Nov. 22), Appalachian State (Dec. 2), Connecticut (Dec. 10), Virginia Military Institute (Dec. 22) and Liberty (Jan. 7) in University Hall.

In addition to the games at the Robins Center, the Cavaliers' road schedule features the Rainbow Classic, games with Virginia's eight ACC rivals, a neutral site game with Virginia Tech at the Roanoke Civic Center (Jan. 12), and a game at Delaware (Nov. 25).

The Rainbow Classic is scheduled for December 27-30. UVa plays Nebraska in the first round of the tournament. The tournament field also includes Brigham Young, Hawaii, Kansas, New Mexico State, Ohio State and Vanderbilt.

The annual ACC Tournament is scheduled for March 5-8 in Greensboro, N.C.

Virginia completed the 1996-97 season with an overall record of 18-13 and participated in the NCAA Tournament.