Cavaliers On The Road At Boston College On Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLEThe Virginia men’s basketball team is looking to break a seven-game losing streak on Sunday (Feb. 17) when the Cavaliers play Boston College in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at the Silvio O. Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and will be televised by select affiliates of Raycom Sports.
The game will also be on V Pass Live Audio at virginiasports.com.
Virginia enters Sunday’s game with an overall record of 11-12 and the Cavaliers are 1-9 in the ACC. UVa has lost 10 of its last 11 games. Virginia’s only win during that stretch was an 84-66 victory over Boston College at John Paul Jones Arena on Jan. 19.
The Cavaliers came close to breaking their losing streak on Tuesday (Feb. 12) at JPJA when they lost 75-74 to No. 5 North Carolina. In Virginia’s nine conference losses, three of the games went to overtime, another was decided by two points in regulation and the North Carolina game was decided by one point.
Senior guard Sean Singletary scored a game-high 27 points, had a game-high seven assists and grabbed six rebounds in the loss to the Tar Heels. Sophomore guard Calvin Baker added 10 points.
Singletary has now scored 20 or more points in a game 11 times this season and 38 times in his collegiate career. His 27 points moved him past Wally Walker (1973-76, 1,849 points) into sixth place on Virginia’s career scoring list with 1,862 points. He also ranks fourth on UVa’s career three-point field goals made list (205), fourth in assists (522), tied for fourth in steals (179) and fifth in free throws made (507).
The Cavaliers were bolstered against North Carolina by the return of junior forward Laurynas Mikalauskas. Mikalauskas missed 13 games with an injury before returning against the Tar Heels. He played 13 minutes, scored four points and had one rebound.
Singletary leads Virginia in scoring and assists with averages of 19.0 points and 6.0 assists a game. He ranks second in the ACC in assists and third in scoring.
Junior forward/guard Mamadi Diane and senior forward Adrian Joseph are also averaging in double figures in scoring for the Cavaliers. Diane is averaging 11.7 points a game and Joseph is averaging 11.6 points a game. Joseph leads the team in rebounding with an average of 7.1 rebounds a game and he ranks ninth in the ACC in that department.
Boston College enters Sunday’s game with an overall record of 13-10 and a 4-6 record in the ACC. The Eagles are coming off an 82-65 home victory over NC State Thursday night (Feb. 14) that broke a six-game losing streak.
Junior guard Tyrese Rice leads Boston College in scoring and assists. He is averaging 20.5 points and 5.2 assists a game. Rice scored 32 points and had six assists in the Eagles’ victory over NC State on Thursday.
Also averaging in double figures in scoring for Boston College are freshman forward/guard Rakim Sanders and sophomore forward Shamari Spears. Sanders is averaging 12.2 points a game, while Spears is averaging 10.4 points and leads the Eagles in rebounding with an average of 6.6 rebounds a game.
Al Skinner is in his 11th season as the head coach at Boston College and his 20th season as a collegiate head coach. His Boston College teams have compiled an overall record of 209-130 and have competed in the NCAA Tournament six of the last seven seasons.
Virginia leads the overall series with Boston College 5-1. Only one previous game in the series has been played at Boston College and the Eagles won that game 78-73 last season.
In the game between the teams earlier this season in Charlottesville, Singletary had a double-double with 19 points and 10 assists to lead the Cavaliers to the victory. Diane scored 20 points, Joseph had 17 points and Baker scored 15 points for Virginia. Rice scored 20 points and had six assists, and Spears had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Boston College.