Virginia Plays First Road Game On Saturday At Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz.The Virginia men’s basketball team plays its first road game of the 2007-08 season on Saturday when the Cavaliers play at nationally-ranked Arizona. The game is scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m. Eastern time and will be televised by Fox Sports Net.
Virginia enters the game with a 2-0 record after victories over Vermont (90-72) and Howard (92-53) at John Paul Jones Arena. Thirteen different players scored for the Cavaliers in their victory over Howard on Wednesday (Nov. 14). That’s the most different players to score in a game for UVa since 14 different players scored in a 93-47 win over Winthrop on Dec. 1, 1990.
Senior guard Sean Singletary scored a game-high 23 points and had eight assists to lead the Cavaliers to their victory over Howard. It was the 24th consecutive game in double figure scoring for Singletary and his 28th career game with 20 or more points. He is averaging 21 points and seven assists a game in UVa’s first two games.
Other players averaging in double figures in scoring for the Cavaliers are junior forward-guard Mamadi Diane (12.0), senior forward Adrian Joseph (12.0) and sophomore guard Calvin Baker (11.0).
Arizona is No. 17 in both The Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls. The Wildcats opened their season with a 76-69 win over Northern Arizona on Tuesday (Nov. 13).
Sophomore forward Chase Budinger led Arizona with 25 points and six rebounds in the victory over Northern Arizona. Freshman guard Jerryd Bayless scored 18 points and had five assists, while senior guard Jawann McClellan scored 15 points.
“Arizona is extremely talented with a really good mix of experienced players like Jawann McClellan who has been around the block and seems like he’s accepted the responsibility of being a team leader,” Virginia head coach Dave Leitao said. “Daniel Dillon (senior guard) is a player who understands his role and that’s important for every good team. Then are young players like Chase Budinger who is a sophomore but is one of the best players in the country and is a budding superstar in college basketball.
“It’s typical of Arizona. They turn out great player after great player. Jerryd Bayless (freshman guard) is next in line and it looks like they have continuity with the veterans.”
The series between the two teams is tied 2-2. Virginia won last season 93-90 in the inaugural men’s basketball game at John Paul Jones Arena. Diane and Singletary each scored 25 points for the Cavaliers in that game.
Arizona defeated Virginia 81-51 in Tucson during the 2005-06 season.
UVa’s next home game is on Nov. 20 against Drexel. That game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.