Maybe. My guess is Yale 4:00 game allows UVM to fly out Friday night vs Sat in prep for the Florida tourney on Mon. Most local school districts are starting their vacations on Dec. 23, the day after the Colgate game. Maybe some will get out early on Wed and UVM has already worked out a kid’s day. Either way, it’s an inconvenience for the majority of their loyal fans, who are not as likely to be loyal fans if you schedule games they can’t attend.The Colgate start feels like that classic GTFO before Christmas break start time we've seen at times in the past. Not usually a huge turnout game, but kids might be out of school that day, some people start taking Christmas vacation around then, our old retirees in the crowd don't worry about any of those commitments, etc. Gets our guys done early, and Colgate back on the road.
The Yale start is a little interesting. It's the last day of class before Thanksgiving break...maybe they're hoping to snag some students before they hit the road that night (whereas they wouldn't stick around for a 7PM game)? Both teams are heading to Florida early the following week, so I suppose if it helps get them done a few hours early, get a little extra rest, it makes some sense. But it is a little unusual.