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Dec. 6, 2005


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The Game
Virginia enters tonight’s game with a 3-2 overall record. The Cavaliers are coming off a 63-54 loss to Georgia Tech (Dec. 4) in Atlanta in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

Fordham stands at 1-6 on the season. In their last outing, the Rams suffered a 71-63 double overtime setback to Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Fordham finished the 2004-05 season with a 13-16 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the Atlantic 10.

The Series vs. Fordham
Tonight’s game is the third meeting between Virginia and Fordham in men’s basketball. The Rams lead the series 2-0, but the two schools haven’t met on the hardwood in more than 50 years.

The first meeting took place on Feb. 21, 1924 with Fordham winning 37-24 in Charlottesville. The last time the two teams met was on February 4, 1950 with the Rams coming away with a 73-44 home victory.

Non-Conference Wins at University Hall
Virginia is 219-30 for an impressive .880 winning percentage all-time in University Hall against non-conference opponents. The Cavaliers’ 87-65 victory on Jan. 2, 2003 over Wofford marked their 200th win over a non-conference opponent at University Hall since the building opened for the 1965-66 season.

The Cavaliers have won 101 of their last 112 home games (.902 winning percentage) against non-conference opponents dating back to the 1989-90 season. UVa had its 15-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents snapped with a 74-67 loss to South Carolina in the first round of the 2002 National Invitation Tournament (Mar. 13). Virginia’s previous home non-conference loss was also in the NIT as the Cavaliers fell to Georgetown 115-111 in triple overtime in the first round of the 2000 NIT (Mar. 15).

UVa had its 34-game home non-conference regular season winning streak snapped with an 84-69 loss to Providence College on Jan. 3, 2004. Virginia’s previous regular season home loss to a non-conference opponent was Dec. 12, 1998 when the Cavaliers fell to 12th-ranked St. John’s 95-68.

Virginia is currently riding an 11-game non-conference home winning streak.

Bannister makes Debut
After missing the first four games of the season, guard T.J. Bannister made his 2005-06 season debut against Georgia Tech (Dec. 4). Bannister played two minutes during the first half and made his only field goal attempt.

Last season, Bannister averaged 4.3 points and 3.7 assists per game.

Raising Cain
Jason Cain recorded his first career double-double in UVa’s 63-54 loss to Georgia Tech (Dec. 4). The junior forward tallied career highs of 15 points and 11 rebounds in the contest. His former career highs of 13 points and nine rebounds came in different games against NC State last season.

Cain is the only current UVa player to have a double-double to his credit (and is also the only Cavalier to have a double-digit rebounding performance). He leads UVa with 34 rebounds (6.8 per game), including19 offensive rebounds (3.8 per game).

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