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Feb. 20, 2007


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The Game
Virginia enters Wednesday night’s Atlantic Coast Conference game against Miami with an 18-7 overall record and a 9-3 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cavaliers, who are ranked 24th in The Associated Press and 19th in the ESPN/USAToday Top 25 polls, are coming off a 73-70 win over Florida State (Feb. 17) at the John Paul Jones Arena. Virginia has won nine of its last 10 games.

Miami is 10-16 overall and 3-9 in the ACC this season. The Hurricanes are coming off a 74-69 loss at Wake Forest (Feb. 17). Miami has lost eight of its last nine games.

Tonight’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.

Ranked Cavaliers
Virginia is ranked 24th in the nation in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll and 19th in the ESPN/USAToday Top 25 Poll. The AP ranking is the first for the Cavaliers since the Nov. 27 poll earlier this season when they were ranked 25th. It is also the first time UVa has been ranked in the ESPN/USAToday poll since Dec. 27, 2004, when the Cavaliers were No. 25.

The Series vs. Miami
The Cavaliers are 3-3 all-time against Miami, but have won the last three meetings, including an 81-70 decision (Feb. 3) in Charlottesville.

Virginia won the only match-up last season 71-51 (Jan. 24) at University Hall. The Cavaliers 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. It is the only meeting between the two teams in Florida until tonight’s contest. The following season (1966-67), Miami won the second meeting all-time 80-78 in Charlottesville on Dec. 10, 1966.

Winning Streak
UVa had its seven-game ACC winning streak snapped in an 84-57 loss at Virginia Tech on Feb. 10. The seven-game winning streak was the longest ACC winning streak for the Cavaliers since they rattled off 11 consecutive conference victories in the 1981-82 season. UVa finished ACC play with a 12-2 record that season.

Virginia is currently 9-3 in the ACC this season and is tied with North Carolina for first place in the conference. It is the first time since the 2000-01 season the Cavaliers have won nine ACC games.

With a victory tonight, the Cavaliers would earn their 10th ACC win of the season. The last time Virginia won 10 ACC games in a season was in 1994-95 when Virginia went 12-4.

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