Cavaliers Visit Duke on Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLEThe Virginia men’s basketball team will be looking for its second Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season on Sunday (Feb. 1) when the Cavaliers face the Duke Blue Devils, the top-ranked team in the nation, at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.
Since Virginia’s men’s and women’s basketball teams both play at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, the men’s game will be on FM 97.5 3WV radio and the women’s game on AM 1070 WINA radio in Charlottesville.
Fox Sports Net will televise the men’s game at Duke. That is normally Comcast SportsNet in the Mid-Atlantic Region, but because of a Washington Capitals hockey game (12:30 p.m. start) the start of the basketball game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Plus (CSN Plus) until the hockey game ends. When the hockey game ends, Comcast SportsNet will join the basketball game live in progress. CSN Plus will carry the basketball game in its entirety. CSN Plus is available on Comcast cable systems throughout Virginia (http://comcastsportsnet.tv/pages/plus) and is channel 22 on Comcast Digital Cable in Charlottesville.
UVa enters Sunday’s game with an overall record of 7-9 and a 1-4 record in the ACC after a 73-62 loss to Florida State at John Paul Jones Arena on Jan. 24. The loss to the Seminoles was the fourth consecutive loss for UVa.
Freshman guard Sylven Landesberg scored a game-high 24 points and had six rebounds to lead the Cavaliers against the Seminoles. It was his ninth 20-point game of the season, tying Virginia’s freshman record (Ralph Sampson in 1979-80). Landesberg made all 14 of his free throw attempts in the game, tying for the second best perfect game from the line in UVa history and also tying an ACC freshman record.
Junior forward Jamil Tucker was the only other UVa player to score in double figures against Florida State with 10 points. It was Tucker’s third consecutive double figure scoring effort, the longest streak of his career.
Landesberg leads the team in scoring with an average of 17.1 points a game and is also averaging 6.2 rebounds a game. He is shooting 84.2 percent (101-120) from the free throw line.
Sophomore forward Mike Scott is the only other Virginia player averaging in double figures in scoring. Scott is averaging 11.3 points a game and leads the team in rebounds with an average of 8.6 rebounds a game. He has scored in double figures in seven of the last eight games and is shooting 55.1 percent (70-127) from the field for the season.
Freshman guard Sammy Zeglinski leads the Cavaliers in three-point field goals made (25), assists (56) and steals (24). Zeglinski is averaging 9.9 points and 2.8 rebounds a game.
Tucker is averaging 8.6 points a game and shooting 43.2 percent (19-44) from three-point range, while junior guard Calvin Baker is averaging 8.2 points and 2.7 assists a game.
As a team, the Cavaliers are averaging 74.2 points a game and allowing an average of 72.9 points a game.
Duke enters Sunday’s game with an overall record of 18-2 and a 5-1 record in the ACC after a 70-68 loss at Wake Forest on Wednesday (Jan. 28).
Sophomore forward Kyle Singler leads the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding with averages of 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds a game. Junior guard/forward Gerald Henderson is averaging 14.8 points and 5.1 rebounds a game, while junior guard Jon Scheyer averages 13.2 points a game and has a team-leading 58 assists. Sophomore guard Nolan Smith is Duke’s fourth double-figure scorer with an average of 10.0 points a game.
As a team, Duke is averaging 79.7 points a game and allowing an average of 60.0 points a game.
Mike Krzyzewski is in his 29th season as Duke’s head coach. His Duke teams have compiled an overall record of 748-210, participated in 24 NCAA Tournaments, reached the Final Four 10 times and won three NCAA Championships.
Duke leads the series with Virginia 109-48 and the Blue Devils lead 47-8 in games played at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Cavaliers’ last win in Durham came during the 1994-95 season, a 91-88 double overtime victory after rallying from a 21-point halftime deficit.
Virginia’s only victory over a No. 1 ranked team came on Jan. 30, 1986, when the Cavaliers defeated North Carolina 86-73 at University Hall.
After the game at Duke, UVa returns to action on Wednesday (Feb. 4) when the Cavaliers host Boston College at John Paul Jones Arena. That game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and be televised by ESPNU.