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Dec. 14, 2001


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The Game
Virginia (2000-2001: 20-9/9-7 ACC), ranked seventh in the AP poll and sixth in the USAToday/ESPN poll, stands at 5-0 this season. The Cavaliers are coming off a 77-72 victory over Auburn (Dec. 8) in the Arby’s Hardwood Classic at the Birmingham Jefferson County Civic Center in Birmingham, Ala. Charleston Southern (2000-2001: 10-19/7-7 Big South) is 2-4 in the 2001-2002 season. The Buccaneers are coming off a 90-69 loss to VMI (Dec. 12) in Lexington, Va. Charleston Southern also hosts North Greenville on Dec. 15 at 2:00 p.m. before playing the Cavaliers.

The Series vs. Charleston Southern
Tonight’s game against Charleston Southern is Virginia’s first-ever meeting versus the Buccaneers in the sport of men’s basketball.

Virginia vs. the Big South Conference
Against the eight current members of the Big South Conference, the Cavaliers are 16-1 all-time. Virginia is 5-0 vs. Elon, 4-0 vs. Radford, 4-1 vs. Liberty, 2-0 vs. Winthrop, and 1-0 vs. Coastal Carolina. Last season, UVa defeated Coastal Carolina 117-78 (Nov. 20) in Charlottesville in its only contest against a Big South opponent.

Of the Big South’s current membership, Virginia has never faced Charleston Southern prior to tonight’s game, as well as High Point or North Carolina-Asheville.

There have been seven other schools that have been members of the Big South Conference at one time or another since 1986. Virginia is 16-1 against schools in the Big South at game time.

Non-Conference Teams at University Hall
Virginia is 190-28 (.872) all-time in University Hall against non-conference opponents since the building opened for the 1965-66 season. The Cavaliers have won 72 of their last 81 home games, including the last 11, against non-conference opponents dating back to the 1989-90 season.

Non-Conference Regular Season Winning Streak
Virginia has won 22 consecutive regular season games against non-conference opponents. This mark ties the school record for consecutive non-conference regular season victories. During its streak, UVa has won both of its games against ranked non-ACC teams, beating fourth-ranked Tennessee 107-89 (Dec. 19) and 20th-ranked Missouri 85-72 (Jan. 20) during the 2000-01 season. The streak began with a 98-67 win against Loyola (Md.) at University Hall on December 8, 1999. The last time the Cavaliers lost to a non-conference opponent during the regular season was on December 4, 1999 when they lost 85-63 to St. John’s University at Madison Square Garden. Since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference, Virginia also won 22 consecutive non-conference regular season games from November 21, 1981 to December 19, 1982. UVa began the streak with a 63-61 win over Brigham Young (Dec. 19) to start the 1981-82 season. The streak ended the next season when Virginia lost to Chaminade 77-72 (Dec. 23).

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