Cavaliers Close Regular Season at JPJA Against Maryland on Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE—The Virginia men’s basketball team closes the 2009-10 regular season on Saturday (March 6) when the Cavaliers host No. 22 Maryland at 1:30 p.m. in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at John Paul Jones Arena. Reserved seat tickets are available for Saturday’s game.
The game will be televised by Raycom and broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network.
The game with Maryland is the final regular season home game for Virginia seniors Calvin Baker, Tom Jonke, Jerome Meyinsse and Solomon Tat.
Virginia enters Saturday’s game with an overall record of 14-14 and a 5-10 record in the ACC. The Cavaliers have lost their last eight games and are coming off a 68-55 loss at Boston College on Wednesday (March 3).
Three UVa players scored in double figures in the loss at Boston College. Junior forward Mike Scott had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Cavaliers, sophomore guard Sylven Landesberg scored 13 points and senior forward/center Jerome Meyinsse scored 12 points and had five rebounds. Landesberg returned to action after missing the Cavaliers’ game with Duke on Feb. 28 because of a leg injury.
Landesberg leads Virginia in scoring, assists and minutes played. He is averaging 17.3 points, 2.9 assists (77 assists) and 32.1 minutes played a game. Landesberg is averaging 4.9 rebounds a game and is shooting 81.0 percent (111-137) from the free-throw line.
Scott is averaging 12.3 points a game and leads the team in rebounding with an average of 7.0 rebounds a game.
Meyinsse is averaging 15.3 points and 6.3 rebounds a game in the last three games. He has scored in double figures in each of the last three games, including a career-high 21 points against Duke.
As a team Virginia is averaging 66.0 points a game and allowing an average of 63.5 points a game.
Maryland enters Saturday’s game in a tie for first place in the ACC standings with Duke. The Terrapins are 22-7 overall and 12-3 in the ACC. Maryland has won its last six games and eight of its last nine.
Four players are averaging in double figures in scoring for the Terrapins led by senior guard Greivis Vasquez. Vasquez is averaging 19.5 points a game and also leads Maryland in assists with an average of 6.4 a game (185 assists).
Senior forward Landon Milbourne is averaging 12.7 points a game, senior guard Eric Hayes is averaging 11.0 points a game and sophomore guard Sean Mosley is averaging 10.9 points a game for the Terrapins. Freshman forward Jordan Williams is averaging 9.3 points a game and leads Maryland in rebounding with an average of 8.4 rebounds a game.
As a team Maryland is averaging 80.0 points a game and allowing an average of 67.4 points a game.
Gary Williams is in his 21st season as head coach at Maryland. His Terrapin teams have compiled an overall record of 440-236. Maryland has participated in the NCAA Tournament in 13 of the last 16 seasons and won the 2002 national championship.
Saturday’s game is the second between the two teams this season. Maryland defeated Virginia 85-66 in College Park on Feb. 15. Vasquez scored 30 points to lead four Maryland players in double figures in scoring in that game. He also had eight rebounds and five assists. Scott and junior guard Jeff Jones each scored 16 points for the Cavaliers. Maryland shot 56.3 percent from the field in that game.
The Terrapins lead the series with Virginia 104-68, but the Cavaliers lead 43-39 in games played in Charlottesville. Virginia has won all three games played between the two teams at John Paul Jones Arena.
The Cavaliers travel to Greensboro, N.C., next week for the 2010 ACC Tournament. The tournament is scheduled for March 11-14 at the Greensboro Coliseum.