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Feb. 20, 2006


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The Game
Virginia enters tonight’s Atlantic Coast Conference game with a 13-10 overall record and a 6-6 mark in the ACC. The Cavaliers are coming off a 76-62 loss to Florida State (Feb. 18) in Tallahassee, Fla.

Boston College stands at 21-5 overall and 8-4 in the ACC this season. The Eagle have won five consecutive games and 10 of their last 11. Boston College is ranked 11th in The Associated Press and 13th in the ESPN/USAToday Top 25 polls. The Eagles coming off a 65-54 win over Miami (Feb. 16) in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The Series vs. Boston College
Virginia holds a 3-0 lead in the series with Boston College. The two teams have not met since the 1982-83 season when the Cavaliers won 95-92 (Mar. 24) in the third round of the 1983 NCAA Tournament in Ogden, Utah. BC was ranked 11th in the AP poll at the time.

The first meeting between the two teams occurred in the 1970-71 season with UVa winning 79-69 (Dec. 11) in Morgantown, W.Va. In the second meeting in the series, Virginia posted a 57-55 win at University Hall in the second round of the 1980 NIT on Mar. 10 (UVa went on the win the NIT championship).

Virginia vs. ACC Newcomers
In the past two years, three teams have joined the Atlantic Coast Conference – Miami and Virginia Tech last season, and Boston College this year. Prior to those additions, two other teams joined the ACC after the formation of the conference in 1954 – Georgia Tech in 1979-80 and Florida State in 1991-92.

When UVa met the Yellow Jackets and Seminoles in their inaugural ACC season, the Cavaliers were victorious, but Virginia lost to both Miami and Virginia Tech in the inaugural conference matchups last season.

On Dec. 1, 1979, Virginia defeated Georgia Tech 55-37 at University Hall in the initial ACC matchup between the two teams. The Cavaliers also won against Florida State in the first ACC meeting between the two schools – 77-68 in overtime on Jan. 4, 1992, in Tallahassee. Oddly enough, UVa lost to both Georgia Tech and Florida State in the second meeting of the two school’s inaugural ACC season.

Last season, UVa lost to Miami (Jan. 12) 91-80 in University Hall and to Virginia Tech (Jan. 27) 79-73 in Blacksburg in the initial ACC meetings. Virginia won the second game vs. Virginia Tech 65-60 (Feb. 12) at University Hall and the Cavaliers defeated Miami 66-65 in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Washington, D.C., on Mar. 10.

Two Games Left
Tonight’s game against Boston College marks the second to last game for the Cavaliers at University Hall. UVa’s final regular season home game is against Maryland (Mar. 5).

Virginia’s overtime victory over Virginia Tech (Feb. 11) marked UVa’s 400th win all-time at U-Hall. The Cavaliers picked up their 401st win at U-Hall against Longwood (Feb. 15). In 41 seasons (including 2005-06), the Cavaliers are 401-142 (.738 winning percentage) all-time at U-Hall.

After calling University Hall home since the 1965-66 season, the Cavaliers will move across the street to their new facility, the John Paul Jones Arena, for the 2006-07 season.

U-Hall is Kind to Cavaliers
UVa is 10-2 at home this season, including 5-1 in the ACC, but only 2-8 in away games (1-5 in the ACC). Virginia has won its last five home games and lost its last four away games.

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