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Jan. 20, 2003


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The Game
Virginia stands at 10-5 overall and 1-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2002-2003. In its last outing, UVa fell to Clemson 78-77 (Jan. 18) in Clemson, S.C. Virginia Tech stands at 7-8 overall and 1-2 in the Big East this season. In their last game, the Hokies defeated Providence College 92-79 (Jan. 18) in Blacksburg, Va.

The Series vs. Virginia Tech
Virginia leads the series with Virginia Tech 72-44. Last season, UVa defeated the Hokies 69-61 (Dec. 1) in Charlottesville for its sixth consecutive victory in the series. In the 2000-2001 season, the Cavaliers defeated the Hokies 64-48 (Nov. 24) in Blacksburg. Tech’s 48 points are the fewest scored in the series by either team since the second meeting of the 1947-48 season when UVa was held to 43 points (Tech won 57-43 in Blacksburg). It was also the fewest points the Hokies scored in a game in the series since scoring 29 points versus UVa in the 1945-46 season (UVa won 57-29 in Charlottesville). Virginia has won 12 of the last 14 meetings and 23 of the last 28.

This is only the third time since the 1975-76 season the game will not be played on a neutral floor. Over the past 27 years (32 games), the series has been held at the Richmond Coliseum (14 times), Roanoke Civic Center (13 times), Cassell Coliseum (twice, including tonight), The Norfolk Scope (once), the Hampton Coliseum (once), and University Hall (once).

The Cavaliers are 14-23 all-time in games played in Blacksburg. UVa’s 64-48 victory in the 2000-2001 season snapped Virginia’s 14-game losing streak in Blacksburg. UVa’s last win in Blacksburg prior to the 64-48 victory was a 95-73 triumph in the 1953-54 season.

This is the 69th consecutive season the Cavaliers and Hokies have met (every season since 1934-35). They have played 96 games in that span. Virginia’s next oldest opponent in terms of consecutive seasons played is Maryland (56 straight seasons including this season).

The Cavaliers’ 72 wins against Virginia Tech make the Hokies Virginia’s second-most defeated opponent in school history. UVa has defeated VMI a record 99 times.

This is the 117th meeting in the series, the fourth-most played series in school history. North Carolina is Virginia’s most frequent opponent with the two teams having met 160 times.

Virginia vs. In-State Teams
This is the Cavaliers’ second and final game this season against an in-state opponent. In the last 26 seasons (since 1977-78), UVa is 106-14 (.883) against in-state opponents. Virginia has won 15 consecutive games against in-state teams, including a home victory over Liberty (77-58 – Dec. 30) earlier this season. UVa’s most recent in-state loss was a 69-64 setback to Liberty (Jan. 7) in U-Hall in the 1997-98 season.

Last season, Virginia registered home victories against Virginia Tech (69-61 – Dec. 1) and VMI (93-59 – Jan. 24).

In the 2000-2001 season, the Cavaliers won both of their contests against in-state opponents. UVa defeated Virginia Tech 64-48 (Nov. 24) in Blacksburg and VMI 89-70 (Dec. 4) in Lexington.

In 1999-2000, Virginia was 4-0 against in-state opponents with the four victories coming against VMI 98-57 (Nov. 21) at University Hall, Hampton 102-56 (Dec. 10) at the Hampton Convocation Center, Richmond 69-65 (Dec. 21) at the Robins Center, and Virginia Tech 71-66 in overtime (Jan. 24) at the Richmond Coliseum.

In 1998-99, the Cavaliers’ were 5-0 against in-state opponents defeating Hampton, Liberty, Virginia Commonwealth, VMI and Virginia Tech. In the 1997-98 season, the Cavaliers were 5-2 against in-state foes. The two losses were the most against state teams since the 1987-88 season when UVa was 1-3 vs. state teams.

Pete Gillen is 15-2 against Virginia schools as a collegiate head coach. He is 4-0 vs. VMI, 2-0 vs. Hampton and Liberty, 1-0 vs. Richmond, 5-1 vs. Virginia Tech, and 1-1 vs. VCU.

Gillen’s Xavier team defeated Virginia Tech 85-52 in 1993-94, while his 1994-95 Providence team lost to the Hokies 91-78 in the NIT. In the 1993-94 season, Gillen’s Xavier team lost to VCU 79-76.

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