Men's Basketball To Host Wake Forest Thursday Night
Jan. 22, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –
Virginia stands at 10-6 overall and 1-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2002-2003. The Cavaliers have lost their last three games, including a 73-55 decision to Virginia Tech (Jan. 21) in Blacksburg, Va. in their last outing. Wake Forest, ranked 17th in The Associated Press and 18th in the USAToday/ESPN polls, stands at 12-1 overall and 2-1 in the ACC this season. In their last game, the Demon Deacons defeated Georgia Tech 73-66 (Jan. 19) in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Series vs. Wake Forest
Virginia led the all-time series with Wake Forest entering the 1990s, but the Demon Deacons have had the better of the Cavaliers the last decade and now lead the series 59-55. The Deacs have won 13 of the last 19 meetings and 18 of the 30 matchups since the 1989-90 season. The two teams have split the last 10 games.
The Cavaliers split the 2001-2002 season series with Wake Forest with both teams winning on their home floor. UVa won the first meeting 86-74 (Jan. 15) in Charlottesville, while the Demon Deacons took a 92-70 decision (Feb. 17) in Winston-Salem. The two teams also split the 2000-2001 season series with both teams winning at home. Wake won the first meeting in the 2000-2001 season 96-73 (Jan. 2) in Winston-Salem in a matchup of two top 10 teams (UVa was ranked eighth in the AP poll and Wake was fourth). Virginia won the second meeting 82-71 (Feb. 3) in Charlottesville.
The Cavaliers have won 18 of the last 24 games played at University Hall. Wake Forest has won five of the last nine games in Charlottesville dating back to the 1992-93 season. The Demon Deacons’ last win in Charlottesville was an 80-75 win (Mar. 2) in the 1999-00 season. Virginia leads 32-18 in games played in Charlottesville.
Tough to Shoot Well vs. Wake Forest
Virginia has had a rough time on the offensive end against Wake Forest since the 1989-90 season. The Cavaliers have shot 46 percent or better against Wake Forest just six times in the last 30 games. All six games resulted in Virginia wins. The Cavaliers are 12-18 vs. Wake Forest since 1989-90.
UVa has shot 40.6 percent from the floor and averaged 65.6 points per game against Wake Forest since 1989-90.
Similarly, the Cavalier defense has been almost as stingy as Wake’s. The Deacons have made 43.4 percent of their field goal attempts over the last 30 meetings and have averaged 68.1 points per game.
Wake Forest topped 50 percent shooting from the floor only five times since 1989-90. Those games are:- 52.1 percent (25-48) in a 74-66 win on February 10, 1991;- 55.8 percent (29-52) in an 81-64 win on January 24, 1996;- 52.9 percent (27-51) in an 80-67 win on March 2, 2000 (the only time since the 1989-90 season Wake has eclipsed 50 percent shooting at University Hall);- 58.1 percent (36-62) in a 96-73 win on January 2, 2001);- 57.9 percent (33-57) in a 92-70 win on February 17, 2002.
A breakdown of both teams’ offensive performance since the 1989-90 season in wins and losses is below.
UVa WFU FG% PPG FG% PPGCombined (30) .406 65.6 .434 68.1UVa wins (12) .454 71.0 .401 63.7UVa losses (18) .377 61.9 .457 71.0