Cavaliers Play At Virginia Tech On Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLEThe Virginia men’s basketball team is on the road for the second time this week when the Cavaliers play Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on Saturday (Feb. 2). The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and will be televised by Raycom Sports.
The game will also be on V Pass Live Audio at virginiasports.com.
Virginia is looking to break a three-game losing streak. The Cavaliers are 11-8 overall and 1-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The game with Virginia Tech is the second game between the two teams this season. Deron Washington’s layup at the buzzer gave the Hokies a 70-69 overtime victory in Charlottesville on Jan. 16.
Virginia is coming off an 85-75 loss at Maryland on Wednesday (Jan. 30). The Cavaliers trailed by 10 (43-33) at halftime in that game and by as many as 17 in the second half before rallying to close within five points twice in the last two minutes.
Senior guard Sean Singletary led UVa with 23 points, three assists and no turnovers in 34 minutes of action against the Terrapins. Sophomore guard Calvin Baker scored 17 points, the most he’s scored in a game for the Cavaliers, and junior forward/guard Mamadi Diane added 16 points. Freshman forward Mike Scott scored six points and had a game-high 12 rebounds.
Singletary’s 23 points enabled him to move into eighth place on Virginia’s career scoring list with 1,774 points. He moved past Harold Deane (1994-97, 1,763 points) and Curtis Staples (1995-98, 1,757 points).
Singletary leads the Cavaliers in scoring and in assists with averages of 18.3 points and 6.5 assists a game. He ranks first in the ACC in assists and third in scoring.
On Friday (Feb. 1), Singletary was named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford. He was also named recently as one of the top 30 candidates for both the Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy. The Cousy Award is given to the nation’s top collegiate point guard, while the Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy recognize the top collegiate basketball player.
In addition to Singletary, three other Virginia players are currently averaging in double figures in scoring. Diane is averaging 12.6 points a game, senior forward Adrian Joseph is averaging 11.9 points a game and Baker is averaging 10.2 points a game. Joseph leads the team in rebounding with an average of 7.5 rebounds a game.
In Virginia’s overtime loss to Virginia Tech last month, Singletary registered a double-double with 34 points and 10 rebounds. His 12 field goals in that game are his career high and his 10 rebounds tied a career high. It was the fourth 30-point game of his collegiate career. Joseph added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Cavaliers in that game, while Diane had eight points and nine rebounds.
Virginia Tech enters Saturday’s game with an overall record of 13-8 and a 4-3 record in the ACC. The Hokies are coming off an 89-80 victory at home over Florida State on Tuesday (Jan. 29). Virginia Tech has won five of its last seven games.
Junior guard A.D. Vassallo leads Virginia Tech in scoring with an average of 16.0 points a game. Senior forward Deron Washington is averaging 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds a game, and freshman forward Jeff Allen is averaging 12.5 points and 7.9 rebounds a game. Freshman guard Malcolm Delaney is averaging 8.4 points a game and leads the team in assists with an average of 3.3 a game.
In the Hokies’ victory in Charlottesville earlier this season, Vassallo scored 22 points, while Washington added 11 points and Allen 11 points and eight rebounds.
Seth Greenberg is in his fifth season as Virginia Tech’s head coach. His Virginia Tech teams have compiled an overall record of 80-64. The Hokies advanced to the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Now in his 18th season as a collegiate head coach, Greenberg’s teams have compiled an overall record of 293-234.
Virginia leads the overall series with Virginia Tech 78-48, but the Hokies lead 25-15 in games played in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech won last season’s game in Blacksburg 84-57.