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Dec. 30, 2005


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The Game
Virginia enters today’s game with a 5-4 overall record and a 0-1 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cavaliers are coming off a 77-66 win over UMBC (Dec. 28) at ALLTEL Pavilion at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va.

Hartford stands at 5-5 on the season. The Hawks are coming off a 56-54 home loss to Monmouth (Dec. 28).

The Series vs. Hartford
Today’s game marks just the second meeting between Virginia and Hartford. The Cavaliers won the initial meeting 73-54 on Jan. 2, 1986 at University Hall.

Virginia vs. the America East
This is Virginia’s second consecutive and final game this season against an opponent from the America East Conference. UVa defeated UMBC 77-66 (Dec. 28) at the Siegel Center in Richmond.

The Cavaliers are 5-0 all-time against the nine current members of the America East (and 3-0 vs. teams that were America East members at the time of the game). UVa is 3-0 vs. UMBC and 1-0 vs. Hartford and New Hampshire. The Cavaliers have never played Albany (N.Y.), Binghamton, Boston University, Maine, Stony Brook or Vermont.

Against the Nutmeg State
UVa has played four of the seven Division I basketball teams from the state of Connecticut and is 7-7 all-time. The Cavaliers are 2-0 vs. Fairfield, 1-0 vs. Hartford, 2-1 vs. Yale, and 2-6 vs. Connecticut. Virginia has never played Central Connecticut, Quinnipiac or Sacred Heart.

The Cavaliers have not played a team from Connecticut since the 1997-98 season when they lost to UConn 74-63 (Dec. 10, 1997) at home. Virginia’s last win over a team from Connecticut was in the 1990-91 season when it won 84-52 over Fairfield on Feb. 13, 1991 at University Hall.

Ringing in the New Year
The Cavaliers rarely ring in the New Year with a game on New Year’s Eve. UVa is only 2-2 in games played on December 31 since 1950, but has won the last two. The first three New Year’s Eve games were on the road. There are only eight other possible seasons (in the 30s and 40s) where UVa could have played on New Year’s Eve – but those game dates are unknown.

Virginia last played on New Year’s Eve in 2003 – an 85-74 win over Iowa State in the Cavaliers’ first New Year’s Eve game at University Hall.

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