Cavaliers Back Home to Play Duke on Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE—The Virginia men’s basketball team returns to John Paul Jones Arena on Sunday (Feb. 28) to host No. 5 Duke in an Atlantic Coast Conference game that is scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m.
The game, which is sold out, will be televised by Fox Sports Net and broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network.
The Cavaliers, who have played four of their last five games on the road, enter Sunday’s game with an overall record of 14-12 and a 5-8 record in the ACC. Virginia has lost its last six games and is coming off a 74-62 loss at Miami on Tuesday (Feb. 23).
Sophomore guard Sylven Landesberg scored a game-high 27 points in the loss at Miami. Landesberg made a career-high six three-point field goals in the game. He was 8-14 from the field, including 6-8 from three-point range, and 5-6 from the free-throw line.
Senior forward/center Jerome Meyinsse established personal ACC career highs with 13 points and seven rebounds against the Hurricanes, while junior guard Jeff Jones scored 11 points.
Landesberg leads Virginia in scoring, assists and minutes played. He is averaging 17.4 points, 2.8 assists (74 assists) and 32.0 minutes played a game. He is averaging 5.0 rebounds a game and is shooting 82.2 percent (111-135) from the free-throw line.
Junior forward Mike Scott is the Cavaliers’ other double figure scorer. Scott is averaging 12.8 points a game and leads the team in rebounding with an average of 7.2 rebounds a game.
Sophomore guard Sammy Zeglinski leads the team in three-point field goals with 51 and in steals with 33 (an average of 1.3 steals a game).
As a team Virginia is scoring an average of 67.0 points a game and allowing an average of 63.2 points a game.
Duke enters Sunday’s game with an overall record of 24-4 and leads the ACC with an 11-2 record. The Blue Devils have won their last seven games and are coming off a 70-52 win over Tulsa at home on Thursday (Feb. 25).
The Blue Devils are led by guards Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith, and forward Kyle Singler. Scheyer, a senior, leads the team in scoring (18.8 ppg) and assists (5.4 apg). He is shooting 40.3 percent (79-196) from three-point range and 88.7 percent (141-159) from the free-throw line.
Smith, a junior, is averaging 17.9 points a game. He is shooting 42.2 percent (43-102) from three-point range and 79.5 percent (93-117) from the free-throw line.
Singler, a junior, is averaging 16.9 points a game and leads the team with an average of 7.2 rebounds a game. He is shooting 38.5 percent (57-148) from three-point range and 77.8 percent (105-135) from the free-throw line.
As a team Duke is averaging 79.7 points a game and allowing an average of 62.1 points a game.
Mike Krzyzewski is in his 30th season as head coach at Duke. His Blue Devil teams have compiled an overall record of 784-219 and won three national championships.
Duke leads the series with Virginia 110-48 and the Blue Devils have a 35-33 advantage in games played in Charlottesville. The teams have split two games at John Paul Jones Arena. Duke has won the last three games in the series. Sunday’s game is the only game between the two teams during the 2009-10 regular season.
After the game with Duke on Sunday, Virginia plays at Boston College on Wednesday (March 3). That game is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.