UVa. men’s hoops to host Michigan, Mason

A 16-gamehome schedule featuring eight games against Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)opponents and including games against Michigan in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge andGeorge Mason highlights the Virginia men’s basketball team’s 2011-12 schedulereleased Wednesday (Aug. 24) by the ACC. UVa will also host Green Bay, the almamater of Virginia head coach Tony Bennett.

Among the teams scheduled tovisit UVa’s John Paul Jones Arena during the 2011-12 season in addition toGeorge Mason, Michigan and Green Bay are ACC opponents Boston College, Clemson,Florida State, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.The Cavaliers also host non-conference opponents Longwood, Maryland-EasternShore, South Carolina State, Towson and Winthrop.

Bennett is a 1992 graduateof Green Bay and is the school’s men’s basketball career scoring leader with2,285 points.

UVa’s 2011-12 road schedulefeatures three games at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam along with gamesat LSU, Oregon and Seattle, and eight games against ACC opponents. TheCavaliers are scheduled to play ACC games at Clemson, Duke, Florida State,Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia Tech.

Virginia plays TCU in theU.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam on Nov. 18 and the Cavaliers will play eitherDrexel or Norfolk State in their second game. Other teams participating in thetournament include Drake, Marquette, Mississippi and Winthrop.

The Cavaliers open theseason against South Carolina State at the John Paul Jones Arena on Nov. 13.

The 2012 ACC Men’sBasketball Tournament is scheduled for March 8-11 at Philips Arena in Atlanta,Ga.

Virginia will play at leastnine games against teams that participated in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, atleast four games against teams that participated in the 2011 NationalInvitation Tournament and will play 2011 College Basketball InvitationalTournament Champion Oregon.

All of Virginia’s ACC gameswill be televised as will the Michigan game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Ifadditional non-conference games are televised that information will be releasedat a later date.

Season tickets for the2011-12 Virginia men’s basketball season are currently on sale.

Allcourtside seats and lower level seats in UVa’s John Paul Jones Arena must bepurchased as part of a season ticket.  Season tickets in the lower levelcost $405 and require an annual contribution to the Virginia AthleticsFoundation (VAF) and a gift to the John Paul Jones Arena project.

Thereare four upper level season ticket price options: $150, $200, $320 and$405.  UVa faculty and staff maypurchase up to four season tickets at a 20 percent discount.  Virginia alumni who graduated between2007-11 may purchase a season ticket in the upper level for $120.   An annual contribution to VAF anda gift to the John Paul Jones Arena project may be required for some upperlevel seat locations.  Athree-month payment plan option is available for all season ticket purchasesmade by the Sept. 12 priority deadline.

Men’sbasketball season ticket holders are eligible to take advantage of a host ofbenefits, including participation in a rewards program, the opportunity topurchase reserved parking and single-game tickets in advance of the public, andthe opportunity to transfer or return tickets electronically.  Season ticket holders will also beinvited to an exclusive Meet the Team day at John Paul Jones Arena.

Fanscan purchase tickets online at VirginiaSports.com and in-person at the VirginiaAthletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium weekdays from 9 a.m. to5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) orlocally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).

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