Virginia To Host Coastal Carolina Monday Night
Dec. 22, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –
Virginia (2002-2003: 16-16/6-10 ACC) stands at 7-0 in the 2003-2004 season. The Cavaliers are coming off a 76-68 victory at Loyola Marymount (Dec. 19) in Los Angeles, Calif. Coastal Carolina (2002-2003: 13-15/5-9 Big South) stands at 4-4 on the season after registering an 84-55 win over Campbell (Dec. 20).
The Series vs. Coastal Carolina
Tonight’s game is only the second meeting between Virginia and Coastal Carolina in men’s basketball. UVa won the initial meeting 117-78 on November 20, 2000 in University Hall. The Cavaliers’ 117 points in the contest ties for the fourth highest single game point total in school history.
Virginia vs. the Big South Conference
Against the nine current members of the Big South Conference, the Cavaliers are 114-16 all-time (.877 winning percentage). Virginia is 100-15 vs. VMI, 4-0 vs. Radford, 5-1 vs. Liberty, 2-0 vs. Winthrop, and 1-0 vs. Coastal Carolina, Charleston Southern and High Point. Of the Big South’s current membership, Virginia has never faced Birmingham-Southern or North Carolina-Asheville. VMI and Birmingham-Southern are first-year members of the Big South. The Cavaliers defeated Big South Conference members High Point 79-64 (Nov. 30) and VMI 78-56 (Dec. 5) earlier this season.
UVa defeated Liberty 77-58 (Dec. 30) in Charlottesville in its only contest against a Big South opponent last season.
There have been eight other schools that have been members of the Big South Conference at one time or another since 1986. Virginia is 20-1 against schools in the Big South at game time.
A 7-0 Start
For the third time in the last four years, Virginia has started its season with seven consecutive victories. The only time in the last four seasons the Cavaliers did not win their first seven games was last year (2002-2003) when the team lost its fourth and fifth games of the season after starting out 3-0.
In 2001-2002, UVa won its first nine games of the season and in 2000-2001, the Cavaliers reeled off 10 consecutive victories to begin the season. The 10 straight wins marked UVa’s best start since the 1992-93 team started the season with an 11-0 mark.