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Dec. 18, 2006


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The Game
Virginia enters the San Juan Shootout with a 6-1 record. UVa is 1-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cavaliers are coming off a 91-69 win over Hampton (Dec. 16) at the John Paul Jones Arena.

Appalachian State was 6-3 overall and 2-0 in the Southern Conference prior to its conference game against Georgia Southern Saturday (Dec. 16). ASU defeated Brevard 93-53 (Dec. 14) at home.

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.

San Juan Shootout
This is the second time Virginia is playing in Puerto Rico and the third time UVa has played outside the continental United States. Virginia’s first appearance in Puerto Rico was in the 1999 Puerto Rico Shootout. The first time the Cavaliers played outside the continental U.S. was in the 1982-83 season when the Terry Holland-coached Cavaliers travelled to Tokyo, Japan, to play Houston (a 72-63 win) and Utah (an 80-57 win) in the Suntory Ball Classic. With the two wins Virginia won the Suntory Ball Classic title.

Virginia finished fifth in the 1999 Puerto Rico Shootout. After falling to South Carolina 73-71, UVa posted wins over Providence (80-64) and Arizona State (70-64).

UVa opens the San Juan Shootout on Dec. 19 vs. Appalachian State. The Cavaliers will play either Utah or Central Florida in the second round on Dec. 20.

The Series vs. Appalachian State
Virginia leads the all-time series vs. Appalachian State 2-0. Both meetings occurred at University Hall. The Cavaliers won the initial meeting 62-54 on Dec. 2, 1997 and then posted a 77-60 victory on Nov. 24, 2004.

Virginia vs. The Southern Conference
Virginia’s game against Applachian State is its only contest this season against a school from the Southern Conference. UVa has won its last 13 games against teams representing the Southern Conference. The Cavaliers’ last game against a Southern Conference school was a 79-67 victory over Furman on Dec. 8, 2004 in Charlottesville. Virginia’s last loss to a Southern Conference team was a 64-63 setback to Davidson on Jan. 23, 1974 at University Hall.

Virginia was one of the 13 original members of the “old” Southern Conference from 1922-37 and has a long and rich history of competition against the Southern Conference.

Against the 11 current members of the Southern Conference, the Cavaliers are 22-4 all-time. The Cavaliers are 5-0 vs. Elon, 2-0 vs. The Citadel and Appalachian State, 1-0 vs. the College of Charleston, Furman and Wofford, and 10-4 against Davidson.

Of the Southern Conference’s current membership, Virginia has never faced Chattanooga, Georgia Southern, North Carolina-Greensboro or Western Carolina.

There have been 41 other schools besides UVa that have been members of the Southern Conference at one time or another since 1922. These schools include many current members of the Southeastern Conference and the ACC. Virginia is 276-244 (.531) against these schools at the time they were in the Southern Conference.

The Series vs. the Other San Juan Shootout Teams
Virginia will play either Central Florida or Utah in the tournament on Dec. 20.

The Cavaliers have never played the University of Central Florida. Virginia leads the all-time series vs. Utah 1-0. The intial meeting vs. the Utes also took place outside the continental United States. Virginia defeated Utah 80-57 on Dec. 18, 1982 in the Suntory Ball Classic in Tokyo, Japan.

The Cavaliers have never played Tennessee Tech or Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.

UVa leads the all-time series vs. Northwestern 2-0. The Cavaliers have played Northwestern in each of the last two seasons in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. UVa won the first meeting 48-44 (Dec. 1, 2004) at Northwestern and then took a 72-57 decision (Nov. 30, 2005) in Charlottesville.

Vanderbilt is the only team in the San Juan Shootout field to beat the Cavaliers. The Commodores lead the all-time series 5-1. The two teams met twice in the 1950s with Vandy coming away with two home wins (90-83 – Dec. 6, 1952 and 75-64 – Dec. 29, 1958). The Commodores won a third consecutive meeting in Nashville 68-64 on Dec. 3, 1989. UVa won its only game in the series 70-56 at home on Dec. 8, 1990. In the 1994-95 season, Vanderbilt earned a 70-65 win on Dec. 6 in Nashville. The last meeting between the two teams came on Dec. 5, 1995 with Vandy winning 61-48 in University Hall.

UVa has a 6-5 all-time record against the seven other teams in the San Juan Shootout.

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