UVa Men's Basketball Hosts Hampton Saturday Afternoon
Dec. 14, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –
Virginia enters today’s non-conference game against Hampton with a 5-1 overall record and a 1-0 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cavaliers are coming off a 67-62 win over NC State (Dec. 3) in their ACC opener.
Hampton is 2-7 overall and 0-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Pirates fell to Howard 95-84 (Dec. 2) in a MEAC matchup in their last outing. Hampton finished the 2005-06 season with a 16-16 overall record and a 10-8 mark in the MEAC.
Today’s game will not be televised.
All UVa games are heard on the Virginia Sports Network originating at the Charlottesville Radio Group and WINA-AM/WWWV-FM in Charlottesville. Mac McDonald calls the play-by-play. Jim Hobgood provides the analysis.
The Series vs. Hampton
Virginia leads the all-time series vs. Hampton 2-0. The Cavaliers won the initial meeting 116-66 (Nov. 25) at University Hall in the 1998-99 season. UVa took a 102-56 decision (Dec. 10) at the Hampton Convocation Center in the 1999-00 season.
Virginia vs. The MEAC
Hampton is the third of three MEAC opponents Virginia faces this season. UVa defeated the MEAC’s Morgan State 85-66 (Nov. 19) and Maryland Eastern Shore 104-63 (Nov. 26).
The Cavaliers are a perfect 9-0 all-time against teams from the MEAC, including the wins over Morgan State and Maryland Eastern Shore. Eight of the previous nine games against MEAC schools were played on Virginia’s home floors (six at University Hall and two at John Paul Jones Arena). UVa’s 102-56 win against Hampton on Dec. 10, 1999 at the Hampton Convocation Center is the Cavaliers’ only away game against a MEAC opponent. Prior to the victory over Morgan State (Nov. 19), Virginia’s 115-66 win over Howard on Nov. 21, 2001 was its most recent game against an opponent from the MEAC.
UVa also defeated Hampton 116-66 in the 1998-99 season. Virginia’s other victories over MEAC schools came against North Carolina A&T (94-50) and Bethune-Cookman (109-49) during the 1994-95 season, Coppin State (63-61) in 1993-94, and Howard (100-64) in 1992-93.
Virginia’s average margin of victory over MEAC teams is 38.6 points per game, which includes a two-point win over Coppin State in December of 1993. The Cavaliers are averaging 98.7 points per game while holding their MEAC opponents to 60.1 points per game.
Virginia Wins ACC Opener
Virginia snapped a streak of losses in 11 consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference openers with its 67-62 win over NC State (Dec. 3) at the John Paul Jones Arena. UVa is now 20-34 all-time in ACC openers and 14-16 in home conference openers. Prior to the win over the Wolfpack, Virginia’s last win in an ACC opener was an 81-75 victory (Jan. 4) at Florida State in the 1994-95 season.
Virginia vs. In-State Teams
This is the first of four games for the Cavaliers this season against in-state opponents. Last season, UVa was a perfect 6-0 vs. in-state opponents.
In the last 29 seasons (since 1977-78), UVa is 118-16 (.881) against in-state opponents. The Cavaliers have won seven consecutive in-state games. Virginia has won its last 15 in-state home games and is 13-2 in its last 15 away and neutral site games against in-state competition.
UVa began the 2005-06 season with a 79-44 win over Liberty (Nov. 18) and posted a 59-43 win at Richmond (Nov. 22) in the second game of the season. The Cavaliers’ third in-state win was a 54-49 win at Virginia Tech (Jan. 15) in Blacksburg and UVa completed the regular season sweep over the Hokies with an 81-77 overtime win (Feb. 11) in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers defeated Longwood 91-56 (Feb. 15) and then completed a three-game sweep of Virginia Tech with a 60-56 win (Mar. 5) in the ACC Tournament.
Virginia had a 15-game in-state winning streak snapped with a 73-55 loss at Virginia Tech (Jan. 21) in the 2002-03 season. Prior to losing to the Hokies during the 2002-03 season, UVa’s most recent in-state loss was a 69-64 setback to Liberty (Jan. 7) in U-Hall in the 1997-98 season.
Long Break to Busy Schedule
After a 12-day break for final exams, UVa’s game against Hampton begins a stretch of four games in six days. The Cavaliers head to Puerto Rico to play in the San Juan Shootout Dec. 19-21. UVa opens the tournament against Appalachian State on Dec. 19. Virginia plays either Central Florida or Utah on Dec. 20.