UVa Men's Basketball Hosts Miami Saturday Evening
Feb. 2, 2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –
Virginia enters Saturday’s Atlantic Coast Conference game against Miami with a 14-6 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the conference. The Cavaliers have won their last five games, including a 68-66 come-from-behind overtime victory over eighth-ranked Duke (Feb. 1) at the John Paul Jones Arena.
Miami is 9-13 overall and 2-6 in the ACC. The Hurricanes, who have lost their last five games, are coming off a 105-64 loss to North Carolina (Jan. 31) in Chapel Hill.
Tonight’s game will be televised by ESPN-U. Gary Williams will handle the play-by-play. Sedric Toney is the analyst.
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. Miami
The Cavaliers are 2-3 all-time against Miami and have won the last two meetings. The Cavaliers won the only match-up last season 71-51 (Jan. 24) at University Hall. Virginia split a pair of meetings with the Hurricanes in the 2004-05 season. UVa lost the only regular season meeting 91-80 (Jan. 12, 2005) in University Hall. Virginia then registered a 66-65 win over the Hurricanes (Mar. 10, 2005) in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Washington, D.C., for its first win in the series.
The Hurricanes won the initial meeting 80-75 on Feb. 10, 1966 in Florida. The following season (1966-67), Miami won the second meeting all-time 80-78 in Charlottesville on Dec. 10, 1966.
Three Double Digit comebacks this season
The Cavaliers have notched three comeback victories this season after falling behind by double digits, including the last two games.
UVa trailed Duke (Feb. 1) by 13 points (34-21) with 3:29 remaining in the first half and eventually won 68-66 in overtime at the John Paul Jones Arena.
In the previous game at Clemson, UVa trailed the 19th-ranked Tigers 61-45 with 8:47 remaining in the contest and won 64-63 on Jan. 28. Virginia scored the final 15 points in the game.
In the season-opener against then 10th-ranked Arizona, UVa fell behind by 19 points (45-26) with 2:49 left in the first half (and trailed 49-36 at the half) and won 93-90 on Nov. 12).
Back-To-Back Ranked Wins
In its last two games, UVa has defeated No. 19 Clemson (64-63 – Jan. 28) and No. 8 Duke (68-66 in OT – Feb. 1), marking the first time the Cavaliers have registered back-to-back wins (in consecutive games) over Associated Press ranked teams since the 2003-04 season.
In 2003-04, Virginia knocked off No. 12 North Carolina 74-72 at home on Feb. 24, 2004 and No. 11 Wake Forest 84-82 on March 2, 2004 in Charlottesville.
Virginia’s three wins over ranked teams this season (Clemson, Duke and No. 10 Arizona) mark the most victories over ranked teams in a season since 2003-04 when UVa was 3-6 vs. ranked teams. The third ranked win for the Cavaliers in 2003-04 was vs. No. 15 Georgia Tech 82-80 at home on Feb, 14,