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Behind the schedule

Virginia Coach Tony Bennett leaves the scheduling to associate head coach Ritchie McKay, with consultation from the athletic department's top officials. Many of the non-conference games for this season and next season were inherited by the previous coaching staff, but some were added -- including Tuesday's game against Texas-Pan American.

There is a back story to the timing of Tuesday's game. Virginia owed a return trip to South Florida, and there were internal questions about whether to visit the Bulls at this time of the year and move some games around, or early in the season. The Cavaliers kept that game in November, which turned out to be a 66-49 loss in the second game of the season.

At that point, Virginia was still trying to implement its system while playing without suspended center Assane Sene. Now, the Cavaliers are playing better and host the 1-14 Broncs amid a three-game winning streak, including last week's victory over then-No. 24 Alabama-Birmingham.

Who knows how Virginia would fare against South Florida if the Cavaliers made the trip Tuesday instead of November, but it's an interesting thought. Instead, Virginia looks like it will enter ACC play on a four-game winning streak.

By Zach Berman  |  January 5, 2010; 9:55 AM ET
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