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Feb. 24, 2006

Charlottesville, Va. –

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The Game
Virginia enters today’s Atlantic Coast Conference game with a 14-10 overall record and a 7-6 mark in the ACC. The Cavaliers are coming off a 72-58 win over 11th-ranked Boston College (Feb. 21) at University Hall.

Clemson stands at 15-11 overall and 4-9 in the ACC this season. The Tigers are coming off a 74-68 overtime loss to Wake Forest (Feb. 22) in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Series vs. Clemson
Virginia leads the all-time series with Clemson 64-46. The Cavaliers won the initial meeting of the 2005-06 season 64-58 (Jan. 7) in Charlottesville to extend their winning streak over Clemson to five consecutive games.

UVa won the only meeting against Clemson last season 81-79 (Jan. 22) at University Hall. Virginia swept three games from the Tigers in the 2003-04 season. UVa snapped a two-game losing streak to the Tigers with a 61-50 win (Jan. 20) in Charlottesville. Virginia earned a sweep with a 58-55 victory (Feb. 21) in Clemson, S.C., and then defeated Clemson a third time with an 83-79 overtime victory (Mar. 11) in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. It marked only the second time the Cavaliers beat Clemson three times in the same season (UVa also won three times in 1982).

UVa has won 12 of the last 16 games against the Tigers and 23 of the last 32 in the series dating back to the 1989-90 season. The Cavaliers swept the season series seven times in the last 13 seasons (since 1992-93) and are 19-8 vs. the Tigers during that span.

The Tigers swept the 2002-03 season series from UVa, winning 78-77 (Jan. 18) in Clemson, S.C., and 73-64 (Feb. 18) in Charlottesville. It marked Clemson’s first season sweep since the 1996-97 campaign.

Virginia had its four-game winning streak against the Tigers snapped with a 68-52 loss (Jan. 8) in the first meeting in the 2001-02 season in Clemson, S.C. Virginia earned a split in the 2001-02 series with an 85-71 win (Feb. 10) in University Hall.

The Cavaliers swept the 2000-01 season series versus Clemson, winning 104-76 (Jan. 27) at Littlejohn Coliseum and 84-65 (Feb. 28) at University Hall. Virginia also swept the 1999-00 season series from Clemson.

All-time the Cavaliers are 16-20 at Littlejohn Coliseum and 20-30 in Clemson. Virginia had won its previous two games (98-91 – Jan. 15, 2000 and 104-76 – Jan. 27, 2001) at Littlejohn prior to losing 68-52 in 2001-2002 and 78-77 in the 2002-03 season.

The last four games (all UVa wins) have been decided by a total of 15 points with UVa’s six-point win (64-58) earlier this season marking the largest margin of victory. In the 2003-04 season, the Cavaliers won by three points (58-55) and four points – in overtime (83-79). UVa won by two points (81-79) last season.

One Game Left
Virginia has just one regular season home game left 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) and registered win number 402 vs. then 11th-ranked Boston College (Feb. 21). In 41 seasons (including 2005-06), the Cavaliers are 402-142 (.739 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 11-2 at home this season, including 6-1 in the ACC, but only 2-8 in away games (1-5 in the ACC). Virginia has won its last six home games and lost its last four away games. UVa is 6-1 in ACC games at U-Hall this season, its most conference wins at home since 2000-01 when the Cavaliers were 7-1.

Seven ACC Wins
After just nine ACC games this season, Virginia surpassed its conference win total of four from 2004-05. UVa was 4-2 after six games this season, marking the first time since the 2001-02 season it was two games over .500 in conference play (also 4-2).

The Cavaliers are currently 7-6 in the ACC and it is UVa’s most ACC wins since 2001-02 when the team went 7-9 in conference action. UVa has not won more than seven ACC games since the 2000-01 season when it went 9-7. Virginia was also 9-7 in 1999-00.

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