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Previewing Virginia’s 2018 Schedule

Will the Cavaliers win a conference game?

Virginia v Syracuse Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images

The Virginia Cavaliers are the 65th team in our 2018 schedule preview series and the fourth team from the ACC. In their first year under head coach Lars Tiffany, the Cavaliers had a high-scoring offense, but only went 8-7 overall and missed out on both the ACC and NCAA Tournaments.

Here’s the entire 2018 schedule:

Virginia’s 2018 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes Last Year's Meeting(s)
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes Last Year's Meeting(s)
2/10 Loyola Virginia 16-15 W
2/17 Virginia Drexel 18-14 W
2/20 Virginia High Point 18-12 W
2/24 Princeton Virginia First meeting since 2012 (6-5 W)
3/4 Syracuse Virginia ACC 14-13 L
3/7 Virginia Manhattan First meeting since 2005 (18-2 W)
3/10 Virginia Stony Brook First meeting since 2013 (13-7 W)
3/17 Virginia Notre Dame ACC 11-10 L/OT
3/20 Dartmouth Virginia First meeting since 2009 (13-6 W)
3/24 Johns Hopkins Virginia 18-17 L/OT
3/31 Richmond Virginia 8-7 W
4/7 Virginia North Carolina ACC 15-12 L
4/14 Duke Virginia ACC 20-11 L
4/21 Virginia Vermont In New Canaan, Connecticut (New Canaan HS); First meeting since 2013 (12-10 W)
5/1 VMI Virginia First meeting since 2016 (19-4 W)

The Cavaliers have six new opponents that weren’t on last year’s schedule. Dartmouth, Manhattan, Princeton, Stony Brook, Vermont, and VMI all make an appearance this year. Cleveland State, Cornell, Penn, Richmond, Robert Morris, and Siena all come off.

Let’s check out some notable games on this schedule:

Best Nonconference Game: vs. Johns Hopkins

For the past four years, the regular season meeting has gone to overtime. So if this pattern holds, we’ll have overtime again. Edges the Loyola season opener because of the extra period factor. The Wahoos had a big lead and lost that last year, but with many of the players knowing Tiffany’s system, that could mean those leads hold.

Best Conference Game: @ Notre Dame

Hey another game that has had overtime, this time for the past two years. Notre Dame won both from Sergio Perkovic and Ryder Garnsey, who almost went to Virginia this past offseason. Imagine if he did leave for Charlottesville. The Cavaliers hope they can get a win against the Fighting Irish this year.

Under The Radar Game: vs. Princeton

Dox Aitken (or Michael Kraus) vs. Michael Sowers. Three of the top freshmen facing off against each other. That will be a fun time. Somehow, Princeton schedules an ACC team that isn’t Syracuse.

Possible Upset: @ Stony Brook

How did the Seawolves do against a fast-paced, high scoring offense last year? They won 25-17 against Brown. Stony Brook has the weapons to stay with the Cavaliers, and if the Virginia defense is like it was a year ago, that won’t be good.

For other schedules and team rosters, check out our Men’s Division I matrix.