Cavaliers Play Wake Forest On Saturday At JPJA
CHARLOTTESVILLEThe Virginia men’s basketball team welcomes nationally-ranked Wake Forest to the John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday (Feb. 28) when the Cavaliers host the Demon Deacons in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.
The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and will be televised by Raycom. A listing of the Raycom television affiliates carrying the game can be found by clicking here.
Reserved seat tickets for the Wake Forest-Virginia game are available at a cost of $30 each. Saturday is also a Family Day at John Paul Jones Arena and Family Day packages that include four tickets, four hot dogs, four 22-ounce sodas and four popcorns are available for $96. Additional tickets may be added at $24 each.
Virginia’s 1984 Final Four men’s basketball team will be recognized at halftime of Saturday’s game. The recognition on the 25th anniversary of the team’s run to the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four is part of Virginia’s annual Men’s Basketball Reunion activities.
Virginia enters Saturday’s game with an overall record of 9-15 and a 3-10 record in the ACC. The Cavaliers are coming off a 62-55 loss to Miami on Thursday (Feb. 26) at JPJA. Miami broke a 55-55 tie by scoring the game’s final seven points.
Sophomore guard Jeff Jones scored a game-high 16 points and had four rebounds to lead the Cavaliers against Miami. Freshman guard Sylven Landesberg had 13 points and seven rebounds, and junior guard Calvin Baker added 11 points and three assists for UVa.
Landesberg is averaging 17.8 points a game to lead Virginia in scoring and he ranks seventh in the ACC in that department. He is also averaging 6.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 34.2 minutes played a game, and is shooting 82.4 percent (131-159) from the free throw line. Landesberg ranks fourth in the conference in minutes played. He leads ACC freshmen in scoring and minutes played, and ranks third among conference freshmen in rebounding and assists.
Sophomore forward Mike Scott is the only other Virginia player averaging in double figures in scoring. He is averaging 10.5 points a game and leads the team in rebounding with an average of 7.2 a game. Scott is shooting 55.1 percent (98-178) from the field. He ranks second in the ACC in offensive rebounds with an average of 3.4 a game and ranks 10th in overall rebounding in the conference.
Freshman guard Sammy Zeglinski is averaging 8.7 points a game and ranks ninth in the ACC in assists with an average of 3.4 a game. Baker is averaging 8.0 points and 2.6 assists a game, and junior forward Jamil Tucker is averaging 7.7 points and 3.8 rebounds a game.
Freshman center Assane Sene is averaging 5.0 rebounds a game and ranks fourth in the ACC in blocked shots with an average of 1.7 a game. Sene sprained an ankle in the Cavaliers’ loss to Miami on Thursday and his status for the Wake Forest game will be announced on Saturday.
Jones has started the last six games for Virginia and is averaging 11.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 28.9 minutes played a game in the last seven games.
Wake Forest brings an overall record of 21-5 and an 8-5 record in the ACC into Saturday’s game. The Demon Deacons are ranked 13th in this week’s Associated Press poll and 14th in the ESPN/USA Today poll
Sophomore guard Jeff Teague leads Wake Forest in scoring, steals and assists. Teague is averaging 20.0 points, 3.7 assists, 2.0 steals and 31.8 minutes played a game. He is shooting 50.2 percent (160-319) from the field, including 49.4 percent (40-81) from three-point range, and 83.2 percent (159-191) from the free throw line. Teague ranks third in the ACC in scoring, second in steals, sixth in assists, ninth in field goal percentage and ninth in minutes played.
Sophomore forward James Johnson is averaging 14.8 points and 8.4 rebounds a game, and is shooting 54.3 percent (152-280) from the field. Johnson is third in the ACC in field goal percentage, fourth in the conference in rebounding and 16th in scoring. Freshman forward Al-Farouq Aminu is averaging 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds a game. Aminu is sixth in the conference in rebounding.
Dino Gaudio is in his second season as the head coach at Wake Forest. He was named head coach of the Demon Deacons after the death of his longtime friend and mentor Skip Prosser.
Wake Forest compiled an overall record of 17-13 in Gaudio’s first season as head coach in 2007-08. He was a member of the Wake Forest staff for six years before being named head coach. He was an assistant coach for three years and associate head coach for three years. During his coaching career, Gaudio has also served as the head coach at Army (four years) and Loyola (Md.) (three years).
Wake Forest leads the series with Virginia 65-59, but the Cavaliers lead 36-19 in games played in Charlottesville. The Demon Deacons won the only game played between the two teams last season 80-64 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Saturday’s game is the only game scheduled between the two teams during the 2008-09 regular season.
After Saturday’s game with Wake Forest, the Cavaliers return to action on Tuesday (March 3) at Clemson. The game with Clemson is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be televised by the regional sports networks. That is normally Comcast SportsNet in the Mid-Atlantic Region, but because of a Washington Capitals hockey game, the game will be on Comcast SportsNet Plus (CSN Plus). 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.