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CHARLOTTESVILLE–The Virginia men’s basketball team opens play in the 57th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday (March 11) at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. The Cavaliers are seeded ninth in the tournament and play eighth-seeded Boston College in the tournament’s first game at noon. The game will be televised by Raycom and broadcast by the Virginia Sports Radio Network.

Virginia enters the tournament with an overall record of 14-15 and the Cavaliers were 5-11 in the ACC during the 2009-10 regular season. UVa is coming off a 74-68 loss to Maryland at John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday (March 6). The Cavaliers have lost their last nine games, their longest losing streak since the 1961-62 season.

Boston College enters the tournament with an overall record of 15-15 and a 6-10 record in the ACC during the regular season. The Eagles are coming off a 66-54 loss at NC State on Sunday (March 7).

UVa and Boston College met once during the regular season with the Eagles defeating the Cavaliers 68-55 on March 3 in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Cavaliers lead the series with Boston College 6-4, but the Eagles have won the last three games in the series. Boston College defeated Virginia 76-63 in the first round of last year’s ACC Tournament.

Virginia will be without sophomore guard Sylven Landesberg at the ACC Tournament. UVa head coach Tony Bennett announced on Saturday that Landesberg will not play in games for the remainder of the 2009-10 season for failure to live up to his academic obligations.

Landesberg leads Virginia in scoring, assists and minutes played this season. He averaged 17.3 points, 2.9 assists (77 assists) and 32.1 minutes played a game while playing in 27 of the team’s first 28 games. Landesberg averaged 4.9 rebounds a game and shot 81.0 percent (111-137) from the free-throw line.

Without Landesberg, junior forward Mike Scott is the only Virginia player averaging double figures in scoring. Scott is averaging 11.9 points a game and leads the team with an average of 6.8 rebounds a game.

Senior forward/center Jerome Meyinsse has scored in double figures in each of the last four games for the Cavaliers. He is averaging 15.8 points and 5.5 rebounds a game and is shooting 73.3 percent (22-30) from the field during that four-game stretch.

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