Virginia Opens Regular Season Schedule Sunday Against Vermont
CHARLOTTESVILLEThe Virginia men’s basketball team opens its 2007-08 regular season schedule on Sunday (Nov. 11) at John Paul Jones Arena when the Cavaliers host Vermont. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
UVa has 11 lettermen returning from last year’s team that compiled an overall record of 21-11, tied for the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship with an 11-5 conference record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Leading the Cavaliers is All-America guard Sean Singletary. Singletary earned several All-America honors last season, including third-team recognition from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), and he was a first-team All-ACC selection for the second consecutive year. He averaged 19.0 points, 4.7 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 33.2 minutes played a game. Singletary scored in double figures in the last 22 games of the 2006-07 season and is the top returning scorer in the ACC.
Virginia defeated Carson-Newman 124-65 in an exhibition game on Nov. 4. Senior forward Adrian Joseph led six Virginia players in double figure scoring with 22 points in that game, while junior forward/guard Mamadi Diane added 19 points and had game-high totals of eight rebounds and four steals.
Also scoring in double figures for the Cavaliers against Carson-Newman were sophomore forward Jamil Tucker (16), freshman guard Mustapha Farrakhan (13), freshman guard Jeff Jones (12) and sophomore guard Calvin Baker (10).
Vermont opened its 2007-08 season with a 60-53 loss at George Mason on Friday night (Nov. 9). Three players scored in double figures for the Catamounts with sophomore forward Marqus Blakely leading the way with 17 points. Junior guard Mike Trimboli added 14 points, six rebounds and five assists, and senior guard Kyle Cieplicki scored 11 points and had a team-high eight rebounds.
Vermont was 25-8 last season, including a 15-1 record in the America East Conference, and participated in the National Invitation Tournament.
Virginia has won its last nine season openers and its last 10 home openers.
Sunday’s game can be heard on the Virginia Sports Network and will be streamed by ACCSelect.com.