Virginia Men's Basketball Hosts Florida State Wednesday Night
Jan. 10, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –
The Series vs. Florida State
Virginia holds a 16-12 lead in the series with Florida State. UVa split a pair of meetings with the Seminoles last season with both teams winning on their home floors. It marked the fourth consecutive season (and seventh time overall) the two schools split the season series with both teams winning on their home court.
Virginia won the initial meeting of the 2004-05 season 56-55 (Feb. 9) on Devin Smith’s three-pointer with 5.2 seconds remaining. Florida State earned a split in the season series with a 68-63 victory (Mar. 6) in Tallahassee.
In 2003-04, UVa won 76-67 in overtime (Jan. 18) in the first meeting in Charlottesville, while the Seminoles won 76-57 (Feb. 17) in Tallahassee.
The two teams split the 2002-03 series with UVa winning 85-72 (Jan. 29) in the first meeting at University Hall. The Seminoles took the second meeting 73-59 (Mar. 1) in Tallahassee. Both teams also won on their home courts in the 2001-02 season. Virginia won 91-74 at home (Jan. 20) and Florida State won 66-59 (Feb. 20) in Florida.
Virginia swept the 2000-01 season series from Florida State for the first time since 1996-97. UVa won 89-71 (Jan. 16) in Charlottesville and earned the sweep with a 69-66 victory (Feb. 17) in Tallahassee on a three-pointer by Roger Mason, Jr. with one second remaining.
UVa has won the first meeting of the season series with Florida State 11 times in 14 tries, including the last six.
The Cavaliers have won eight of the last 13 meetings after FSU won three consecutive contests (71-63 and 88-63 in the 1997-98 season and 72-69 in the 1998-99 campaign).
Virginia is 10-4 versus Florida State at University Hall and has won its last six home contests against the Seminoles after losing the previous two. The Seminoles’ last win over Virginia at University Hall was a 72-69 triumph (Dec. 1) in the 1998-99 season.
Overall in the series, 10 of UVa’s 16 wins over the Seminoles have been by nine points or less, while five of its losses have been by 14 or more points. In addition, six of FSU’s last nine wins have been by fewer than nine points. Eight of the last 14 meetings (dating back to the 1998-99 season) have been decided by seven points or less. The Cavaliers have won four of those eight close games.
Cavaliers Get ACC Win on Second Try
Virginia notched its first ACC win of the season (and improved to 1-1 in the conference) with a 64-58 victory over Clemson (Jan. 7) at University Hall.
The Cavaliers have lost their last 11 ACC openers, but have fared much better in their second ACC contest of the season. With the win over Clemson, Virginia has won its second ACC game six times in the last 11 seasons. Five of the wins have come at home at University Hall and the sixth win came in Richmond (against Wake Forest in the 1997-98 season).
Three-Point Field Goal Leaders
J.R. Reynolds has made 116 three-point field goals in his career and ranks 11th on UVa’s all-time three-point field goals list. Chris Williams (1999-02) is 10th with 130 career threes.
Rebounding a Key
One of the keys to success for UVa this season is rebounding and so far Virginia has more than held its own on the glass. The Cavaliers have outrebounded 10 of their first 12 opponents and are averaging 8.3 more rebounds per game than the opposition. UVa is averaging 39.8 rebounds overall and 14.6 offensive boards per contest.
The Cavaliers have outrebounded seven of their opponents by 10 or more rebounds. In two ACC games, Virginia has outreounded the opposition 91-62 for an average of +14.5 per game.