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Jan. 23, 2006


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The Game
Virginia enters tonight’s Atlantic Coast Conference game with a 9-6 overall record and a 3-2 mark in the ACC. The Cavaliers, who have won their last two games, are coming off a 72-68 win over then 24th-ranked North Carolina (Jan. 19) in University Hall.

Miami stands at 11-7 overall and 3-2 in the ACC. The Hurricanes had their four-game winning streak snapped with a 65-61 loss to 21st-ranked Boston College (Jan. 21) in Coral Gables, Fla.

The Series vs. Miami
The Cavaliers are 1-3 all-time against Miami. Virginia split a pair of meetings with the Hurricanes last season. UVa lost the only regular season meeting last year 91-80 (Jan. 12) in University Hall. Virginia registered a 66-65 win over the Hurricanes (Mar. 10) in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Washington, D.C., for its first win in the series.

Prior to last season, the only previous meetings took place in 1966. The Hurricanes won the initial meeting 80-75 on Feb. 10, 1966 in Florida. The following season (1966-67), Miami won the second meeting 80-78 in Charlottesville on Dec. 10, 1966.

Defeating the Defending National Champion
UVa’s 72-68 win over 2005 NCAA champion North Carolina (Jan. 19) marked the fourth consecutive win for Virginia over a reigning national champion.

In the 2002-03 season, the Cavaliers posted a pair of wins over Maryland (the 2002 NCAA champion) – 86-78 at Maryland (Feb. 6) and 80-78 in OT at home (Mar. 9). UVa began its current streak with an 87-84 home win over Duke (the 2001 NCAA champion) on Feb. 28, 2002.

Virginia is 8-13 all-time against the reigning national champions in 11 different seasons. In addition to four straight wins, UVa has won six of the last nine matchups.

UVa is 1-6 all-time vs. North Carolina in the year following Tar Heel national titles (0-2 in 1958, 0-2 in 1983, 0-2 in 1994, and 1-0 in 2006). In addition to UNC, Virginia is 2-0 vs. Maryland, 3-3 vs. Duke, 2-3 vs. NC State, and 0-1 vs. Cincinnati.

One Win Shy
With three ACC wins this season, Virginia is just one win shy of tying its total from the 2004-05 season when the Cavaliers went 4-12.

First Time Over .500 Since 2002-03
The Cavaliers are currently 3-2 in the ACC. It marks the first time since the 2002-03 season UVa is over .500 in league play. In 2002-03, Virginia started out 1-3 in the ACC, but won four of its next five games to improve to 5-4. Unfortunately, the Cavaliers lost their next six conference contests and finished the season 6-10 in the ACC.

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