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Posted at 2:05 PM ET, 12/14/2010

How the Virginia-Oregon game came about

By Steve Yanda

On Friday, Virginia (6-3) will host Oregon (7-3) in what, at least on the surface, seems to be an odd pairing for a mid-December non-conference game. After all, the Ducks will have to travel more than 2,300 miles to play a team with no apparent connection. This will be the Cavaliers' first game following a nine-day break for exams.

Oregon Coach Dana Altman is in his first year at Eugene and said Tuesday he had no prior relationship with Virginia Coach Tony Bennett, who formerly coached in the Pac-10 at Washington State. During his segment of the weekly Pac-10 coaches' teleconference, Altman explained how Friday's matchup came about. Turns out, the reasoning was fairly simple.

"We were both looking for a game late, and the date fit," Altman said. "There was no way we could go during our school year because of the distance. But our finals ended last week, and so now we were able to make a long trip back east and play a game when we're not in school.

"The dates just happened to work out, and we were were looking for, you know, an opponent that's in the ACC or from a major conference, and we're looking forward to the return trip a year from now when they come out here to Eugene. We were just looking for a good team to play, and the dates just happened to work."

By Steve Yanda  | December 14, 2010; 2:05 PM ET
Categories:  Men's Basketball  
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Go Wahoos! I wonder how many people will be in town for the game?

Posted by: Towson_Tiger | December 15, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

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