Cavaliers Start Busy Stretch at Virginia Tech on Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE—The Virginia men’s basketball team opens a busy stretch of Atlantic Coast Conference games on Saturday (Feb. 13) when the Cavaliers play at Virginia Tech in a game that is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.
Saturday’s game in Blacksburg, Va., will be televised by Raycom and broadcast by the Virginia Sports Radio Network.
The game is the second of the season between the two teams. Virginia Tech defeated Virginia 76-71 in overtime on Jan. 28 in Charlottesville.
The Virginia Tech game is the first of three games in five days, four games in eight days and five games in 11 days for Virginia with four of the games on the road. UVa enters the stretch with an overall record of 14-7 and a 5-3 record in the ACC.
After playing at Virginia Tech, the Cavaliers play at Maryland on Monday (Feb. 15, 8 p.m.) and then return home for a game with Florida State at John Paul Jones Arena on Wednesday (Feb. 17, 7 p.m.). Virginia has a game at Clemson on Feb. 20 (4 p.m.) and then plays at Miami on Feb. 23 (7 p.m.).
The game at Maryland on Feb. 15 is the game postponed from Feb. 10 because of unprecedented winter weather conditions and historic snow accumulations in the College Park, Md., area.
Virginia hasn’t played since losing 64-61 in overtime to Wake Forest at John Paul Jones Arena on Feb. 6.
Sophomore guard Sylven Landesberg continues to lead Virginia in scoring with an average of 18.1 points a game. He is averaging 20.4 points a game in ACC contests.
Landesberg also leads the team in assists with 61 (2.9 apg.) and minutes played with an average of 32.1 minutes played a game. He is shooting 83.1 percent (103-124) from the free-throw line. Landesberg ranks third in the ACC in scoring, fifth in free throw percentage, eighth in minutes played and ninth in field goal percentage (.452, 132-292). He ranks tied for second in scoring in conference games.
Junior forward Mike Scott is averaging 13.1 points a game and leads the team in rebounding with an average of 7.4 rebounds a game. He is shooting 53.4 percent (101-189) from the field. Scott is fourth in the conference in field goal percentage and 11th in rebounding.
Sophomore guard Sammy Zeglinski is the third UVa player averaging in double figures in scoring with an average of 10.0 points a game. Zeglinski is second on the team in assists with 60 (2.9 apg.) and leads the team in three-point field goals with 48. He is shooting 44.0 percent (48-109) from three-point range for the season.
Zeglinski ranks second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage and second in three-point field goals made (average of 2.3 a game).
As a team the Cavaliers are averaging 69.6 points a game and allowing an average of 61.0 points a game. Virginia is shooting 44.7 percent (525-1175) from the field, including 38.8 percent (131-338) from three-point range, and 74.5 percent (280-376) from the free-throw line for the season. UVa is averaging just 10.7 turnovers a game.
The Cavaliers rank first in the ACC in scoring defense, second in free throw percentage and assist to turnover ratio (1.3), and third in three-point field goal percentage.
Virginia Tech enters Saturday’s game with an overall record of 19-4 and a 6-3 record in the ACC. The Hokies are coming off a 72-52 win at NC State on Wednesday (Feb. 10) and have won their last three games and six of their last seven. Virginia Tech is 12-0 at home in Cassell Coliseum this season.
The Hokies rallied from 10 points down with less than four minutes to play in regulation in their overtime victory in Charlottesville last month. Junior guard Malcolm Delaney scored 27 points and had six rebounds to lead Virginia Tech in that game. Junior guard Dorenzo Hudson scored 18 points for the Hokies and junior forward JT Thompson had 17 points and seven rebounds.
Scott led Virginia with 21 points and eight rebounds in the loss to Virginia Tech last month. Landesberg had 18 points and junior guard Jeff Jones scored 12 points.
Delaney leads the ACC in scoring with an average of 20.0 points a game and he is averaging 4.2 assists a game. He is shooting 85.5 percent (153-179) from the free-throw line. Delaney ranks second in the conference in free throw percentage and seventh in assists.
Hudson is averaging 13.7 points a game and junior forward Jeff Allen is averaging 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. Allen ranks second in the ACC in steals and 10th in rebounding, while Hudson is 10th in free throw percentage (.753, 67-89) and 14th in scoring.
As a team Virginia Tech is scoring an average of 72.5 points a game and allowing an average of 61.4 points a game. The Hokies are shooting 43.2 percent (578-1339) from the field, including 32.0 percent (110-344) from three-point range, and 71.5 percent (402-562) from the free-throw line.
Virginia Tech is first in the ACC in turnover margin (+4.0), second in scoring defense (61.4), third in scoring margin (+11.1) and fourth in free throw percentage and three-point field goal percentage defense (.301, 119-396).
Seth Greenberg is in his seventh season as the head coach at Virginia Tech. His Virginia Tech teams have compiled an overall record of 126-89 and participated in the NCAA Tournament in 2007. The Hokies have also participated in the NIT three times under Greenberg’s direction.
Virginia leads the series with Virginia Tech 79-51, but the Hokies lead 27-15 in games played in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech has won the last three games played at Cassell Coliseum.
After the game at Virginia Tech the Cavaliers play at Maryland on Monday (Feb. 15). That game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. and will be available live on the Internet at ESPN360.com.