Virginia Takes Seven-Game Winning Streak To Blacksburg
Feb. 9, 2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –
Virginia enters today’s Atlantic Coast Conference game against Virginia Tech with a 16-6 overall record and an 8-2 mark in the conference. The Cavaliers have won their last seven games, including a 69-65 victory over Maryland (Feb. 6) in College Park, Md.
Virginia Tech is 16-7 overall and 6-3 in the ACC. The Hokies are coming off an 80-59 loss to Boston College (Feb. 3) in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Today’s game will be televised by the Raycom-Lincoln Financial Network. Steve Martin will handle the play-by-play. Dell Curry 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. Virginia Tech
Virginia leads the series with Virginia Tech 77-46. The Cavaliers have won the last four meetings in the series, including three victories last season.
UVa won the first meeting last season 54-49 (Jan. 15) in Blacksburg and earned the regular season sweep with an 81-77 overtime victory (Feb. 11) in Charlottesville. The two teams met a third time with the Cavaliers taking a 60-56 decision (Mar. 9) in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro. It marked the fourth time the two teams have met three times in the same season and the first time since 1977. In 1976-77, Virginia Tech won two of the three matchups. The Cavaliers won two of three meetings in the 1955-56 season and swept all three contests in the 1953-54 season.
The two teams split a pair of meetings in 2004-05 with both schools winning on their home court. The Hokies won the first game 79-73 (Jan. 27) in Blacksburg in the first conference meeting between the two teams since 1936-37 (both teams were members of the Southern Conference). UVa earned a split in the season series with a 65-60 victory (Feb. 12) in Charlottesville. It also marked the first time since 1983-84 the two teams met twice in the same season. UVa won the first game of the 1983-84 season 74-64 (Jan. 4) in Roanoke, while the Hokies claimed a 56-54 win (Feb. 15) in Richmond.
In 2003-04, UVa recorded an 80-65 win (Nov. 28) in Charlottesville. Virginia Tech snapped the Cavaliers’ six-game winning streak in the series with a 73-55 victory (Jan. 21) in Blacksburg in the 2002-03 season.
On Dec. 1, 2001, UVa defeated the Hokies 69-61 in Charlottesville for its sixth consecutive victory in the series. In the 2000-01 season, the Cavaliers defeated Virginia Tech 64-48 (Nov. 24) in Blacksburg. Tech’s 48 points are the fewest scored in the series by either team since the second meeting of the 1947-48 season when UVa was held to 43 points (Tech won 57-43 in Blacksburg). It was also the fewest points the Hokies scored in a game in the series since scoring 29 points versus UVa in the 1945-46 season (UVa won 57-29 in Charlottesville).
Virginia has won 11 of the last 13 meetings, 17 of the last 21 and 28 of the last 35.
Only eight games have been played on one of the two teams’ home floors since the 1975-76 season. Seven different venues have hosted match-ups between UVa and Virginia Tech over the past 31 years (39 games). The series has been held at the Richmond Coliseum (14 times), Roanoke Civic Center (13 times), Cassell Coliseum (four times), The Norfolk Scope (once), the Hampton Coliseum (once), the Greensboro Coliseum – ACC Tournament (once), and University Hall (four times).
This is the 73rd consecutive season the Cavaliers and Hokies have met (every season since 1934-35). They have played 103 games in that span. Virginia’s next oldest opponent in terms of consecutive seasons played is Maryland (61 straight seasons).
The Cavaliers’ 77 wins against Virginia Tech make the Hokies Virginia’s second-most defeated opponent in school history. UVa has defeated VMI a record 100 times.
The Cavaliers are 15-24 all-time in games played in Blacksburg and snapped a two-game losing streak at Tech with a 54-49 win (Jan. 15) last season. UVa’s 64-48 victory (Nov. 24) in the 2000-01 season snapped Virginia’s 13-game losing streak in Blacksburg. UVa’s last win in Blacksburg prior to the 64-48 victory was a 95-73 triumph in the 1953-54 season.
This is the 124th meeting in the series, the fifth-most played series in school history. North Carolina is Virginia’s most frequent opponent with the two teams having met 169 times.
UVa has won its last seven ACC games to grab a share of first place in the conference standings with Boston College. The seven-game winning streak is currently the longest in the conference. It is also the longest ACC winning streak for the Cavaliers since they rattled off 11 consecutive ACC victories in the 1981-82 season. UVa finished ACC play with a 12-2 record that season.
With a win against Virginia Tech, UVa would secure its first winning season in ACC play since going 9-7 in the league in 2000-01.