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Feb. 25, 2003


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The Game
Virginia stands at 14-11 overall and 5-8 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2002-2003. The Cavaliers have lost their last four games and are coming off a 75-71 loss to 10th-ranked Wake Forest (Feb. 23) in Winston-Salem, N.C. Ohio stands at 9-14 overall and 6-9 in the MAC this season. In its last game, the Bobcats lost to Akron 84-82 in overtime (Feb. 23) in Akron, Ohio.

The Series vs. Ohio
The Cavaliers are 1-1 all-time vs. Ohio. The Bobcats won the initial meeting at University Hall 94-83 in the second round of the Preseason National Invitation Tournament on November 18, 1994. Virginia evened the series at 1-1 with a 90-71 victory at U-Hall on December 6, 2000.

Virginia vs. the MAC
Tonight’s game is just the sixth all-time for the Cavaliers against an opponent from the Mid-American Conference. UVa is 3-2 all-time versus the MAC. Tonight’s game is UVa’s first game on a MAC team’s home court. Three of the five games were played at University Hall, while the other two contests were at neutral sites.

Virginia’s first win against a MAC school came in the 1974-75 season when the Cavaliers defeated Kent 58-40 in U-Hall. Virginia’s second win against the MAC came in the second round of the 1995 NCAA Tournament when UVa posted a 60-54 overtime victory over Miami of Ohio in Dayton, Ohio. The third win was a 90-71 triumph over Ohio at University Hall in the 2000-2001 season. Virginia’s two losses were to Ohio 94-83 in the preseason NIT at U-Hall in 1994 and Bowling Green 76-72 in the 1967-68 season in Huntington, W.Va.

Watson Closing in on Offensive Rebound Record
Senior forward/center Travis Watson needs just five more offensive rebounds to set a new school record. Watson has pulled down 358 offensive rebounds in his career. Junior Burrough (1992-95) holds the record with 362 offensive boards. Note – offensive rebounds were not kept prior to the 1986-87 season.

Scoring Slump
After scoring 85 points in back-to-back wins over Wake Forest and Florida State at the end of January, the Cavaliers have failed to reach their scoring average (74.2 ppg.) in six of the last seven games. The only time in the last seven games UVa reached its scoring average was against Maryland (Feb. 6) in an 86-78 victory.

UVa is 2-5 in its last seven games and is averaging only 66.9 points per game. In the five losses, Virginia is averaging 64.2 points per game.

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