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Nov. 21, 2005


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The Game
Virginia opened the 2005-06 season with a 79-44 win over Liberty (Nov. 18) at University Hall. It marked the eighth consecutive season the Cavaliers have opened the season with a victory. UVa finished the 2004-05 season with an overall record of 14-15 and had a 4-12 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Richmond opened the 2005-06 season with a 44-40 win over Hampton (Nov. 18) at the Robins Center. The Spiders were 14-15 overall and 8-8 in the Atlantic 10 in 2004-05.

Cavaliers Open Season Strong
Virginia began the 2005-06 season with a 79-44 win over Liberty Friday night (Nov. 18) at University Hall. The Cavaliers have won eight consecutive season openers (nine straight at University Hall) and 17 of the last 19. Overall, UVa is 81-20 (.802) all-time in season openers.

UVa’s 35 point margin of victory over Liberty marked the largest in a season-opener since the 2000-01 season when the Cavaliers won by 46 points over Long Island (Nov. 17) – 96-50. The 44 points allowed by UVa are the fewest in a season opener since 1991-92 when Virginia posted a 78-43 win over William & Mary (Nov. 24).

The Series vs. Richmond
Virginia holds a 50-36 lead in the series against Richmond that dates back 91 years. The first meeting took place in the 1914-15 season with UVa winning 39-13 at home. Last season, the Cavaliers earned an 85-58 victory (Nov. 28) at University Hall. Virginia also won the previous meeting, a 69-65 victory at the Robins Center in Richmond on December 21, 1999. The Spiders won the prior meeting 83-79 in double overtime on November 16, 1997 at the Robins Center. Only two of the 86 games in the series have gone into overtime and in both instances the games were decided in double overtime. The first double overtime game was played in the 1946-47 season with UVa winning at home 55-54.

The Cavaliers have won 13 of the last 16 meetings vs. the Spiders dating back to the 1968-69 campaign.

After not playing on the Spiders’ home court for 27 years (1968-95), this is the Cavaliers’ fourth appearance at the Robins Center in the last six meetings. Virginia downed Richmond 67-52 at the Robins Center during the 1995-96 season and lost in double overtime in 1997-98. In 1999-2000, the Cavaliers registered a 69-65 victory (Dec. 21).

Virginia vs. In-State Teams
This is the Cavaliers’ second of five regular season games against an in-state opponent. UVa began the 2005-06 season with a 79-44 win over Liberty. In the last 29 seasons (since 1977-78), UVa is 113-16 (.876) against in-state opponents and has won its last 12 in-state home games.

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