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Feb. 3, 2006


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The Game
Virginia enters today’s Atlantic Coast Conference game with a 10-8 overall record and a 4-4 mark in the ACC. The Cavaliers are coming off a 66-64 loss to 18th-ranked NC State (Feb. 1) in Raleigh, N.C.

Wake Forest stands at 12-9 overall and 1-7 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons, who have lost their last four games, are coming off a 78-69 loss to Miami (Jan. 31) in Coral Gables, Fla.

The Series vs. Wake Forest
Wake Forest leads the series with Virginia 63-57. The Demon Deacons have won 17 of the last 25 games in the series, including four of the last five. Wake Forest swept a pair of games last season, winning 89-70 (Jan. 2) in Charlottesville in the first meeting and 90-68 (Feb. 27) in Winston-Salem. The Cavaliers’ loss in the first meeting snapped a four-game home winning streak over Wake. It also halted a steak of nine consecutive wins by the home team in the series.

The two teams split the 2003-04 series. The Deacs registered a 91-78 win (Jan. 31) in the first meeting in Winston-Salem, while Virginia won 84-82 (Mar. 2) in Charlottesville.

In the 2002-03 season, UVa posted an 85-75 win (Jan. 23) in the first meeting of the season in Charlottesville. Wake Forest won the second matchup 75-71 (Feb. 23) in Winston-Salem.

The Cavaliers split the 2001-02 season series with Wake Forest with both teams winning on their home floor. UVa won the first meeting 86-74 (Jan. 15) in Charlottesville, while the Demon Deacons took a 92-70 decision (Feb. 17) in Winston-Salem. The two teams also split the 2000-01 season series with both teams winning at home. Wake won the first meeting in the 2000-01 season 96-73 (Jan. 2) in Winston-Salem in a matchup of two top 10 teams (UVa was ranked eighth in the AP poll and Wake was fourth). Virginia won the second meeting 82-71 (Feb. 3) in Charlottesville.

The Cavaliers have won 20 of the last 27 games played at University Hall, including four of the last five. Wake Forest has won six of the last 12 games in Charlottesville dating back to the 1992-93 season. Prior to last season’s win, the Demon Deacons’ previous victory in Charlottesville was an 80-75 win (Mar. 2) in the 1999-00 season. Virginia leads 34-19 in games played in Charlottesville.

Tough to Shoot Well vs. Wake Forest
Virginia has had a rough time on the offensive end against Wake Forest since the 1989-90 season (UVa is 14-21 vs. Wake Forest since 1989-90). The Cavaliers have shot 46 percent or better against Wake Forest just 10 times in the last 36 games. Eight of the 10 games resulted in Virginia wins with the two losses coming when UVa shot 52.0 percent (26-50) in a 75-71 loss (Feb. 23, 2003) in Winston-Salem and in 2003-04 when the Cavaliers shot 50.0 percent (31-62) in a 91-78 loss (Jan. 31) in Winston-Salem.

In the second meeting of the 2003-04 season, the Cavaliers shot 51.6 percent (33-64) in an 84-82 victory (Mar. 2) in Charlottesville.

In the first meeting of the 2002-03 season, an 85-75 Virginia win (Jan. 23), the Cavaliers also bettered 50 percent shooting in the game – 30-59 for 50.8 percent.

UVa has shot 41.9 percent from the floor and averaged 67.3 points per game against Wake Forest since 1989-90.

Similarly, the Cavalier defense has been almost as stingy as Wake’s. The Deacons have made 44.4 percent of their field goal attempts over the last 36 meetings and have averaged 70.7 points per game.

U-Hall is Kind to Cavaliers
UVa is 7-2 at home this season, including 3-1 in the ACC, but only 2-6 in away games (1-3 in the ACC).

Three-Point Field Goal Leaders
J.R. Reynolds has made 129 three-point field goals in his career and ranks 11th on UVa’s all-time three-point field goals list. He needs just one more three to tie Chris Williams (1999-02) for 10th place with 130 career threes. Richard Morgan (1986-89) is ninth with 132 career three-pointers.

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