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March 9, 2005

Charlottesville, Va. –

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The Game
Virginia enters the ACC Tournament as the No. 11 seed after a 13-14 regular season and a 4-12 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cavaliers have lost their last five games and are coming off a 68-63 loss at Florida State (Mar. 6).

Miami enters its first ever ACC Tournament as the No. 6 seed with a 16-11 record, 7-9 in the ACC. The Hurricanes have lost their last two games, including an 83-59 loss at Duke (Mar. 3) in their regular season finale.

The Series vs. Miami
The Cavaliers are 0-3 all-time against Miami, including a loss in January. On January 12, the Hurricanes scored a 91-80 win at University Hall.

Prior to this season, the only previous meetings took place in 1966. The Hurricanes won the initial meeting 80-75 on February 10, 1966 in Florida. The following season, Miami won the second meeting 80-78 in Charlottesville on December 10, 1966.

ACC Tournament History
Virginia has lost its opening game in the ACC Tournament in eight of the last nine years. Last season, the Cavaliers snapped an eight-game ACC Tournament losing streak with an 83-79 overtime win over Clemson in the first round. Virginia then lost to top-seeded Duke 84-74 in the quarterfinals.

UVa is 28-50 (.359 winning percentage) all-time in the ACC Tournament.

The tournament is being held at the MCI Center for the first time this season. The tournament has been held in the Washington area, three times before, all at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md. Virginia had a 5-2 record in ACC Tournament games in Landover. In the first tournament at the Capital Center in 1976, the Cavaliers upset three ranked teams to win their only ACC Tournament. When the tournament returned to the arena in 1981 and 1987, the Cavaliers reached the semifinals.

MCI Center History
Virginia has a 1-0 all-time record at the MCI Center. The Cavaliers downed No. 16 Georgetown 61-55 at the MCI Center on December 20, 2001. Elton Brown is the only current member of the team to play in that game, as he came off the bench to score 10 points and grab three rebounds.

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