Virginia Hosts Boston College On Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE-The Virginia men’s basketball team will be going for its third consecutive victory on Saturday (Feb. 26) when the Cavaliers host Boston College in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at John Paul Jones Arena.
The game on Saturday is scheduled to begin at noon and will be televised by the ACC’s Regional Sports Networks, including Comcast SportsNet. The game will also be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network.
Tickets are available for the Virginia-Boston College game (click here for ticket information). Tickets can be purchased online at VirginiaSports.com/tickets and can also be purchased on game day at the JPJA box office starting at 10:30 a.m.
The Cavaliers are coming off a 62-56 victory at Georgia Tech on Wednesday (Feb. 23). The win improved the Cavaliers’ overall record to 14-13 and UVa is now 5-8 in the ACC.
The victory over Georgia Tech was the second for the Cavaliers against the Yellow Jackets this season. Virginia defeated Georgia Tech in Charlottesville 72-64 on Jan. 22.
Senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan scored a game-high 17 points and freshman guard Joe Harris had 11 points and seven rebounds to lead Virginia to its win over Georgia Tech on Wednesday night at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Junior center Assane Sene added nine points and seven rebounds for the Cavaliers, and sophomore guard Jontel Evans scored nine points and had seven assists. The seven assists are a career high for Evans in an ACC game and it’s the 12th time this season he has had at least five assists in a game.
Virginia shot 41.7 percent (20-48) from the field for the game against Georgia Tech on Wednesday, including 42.1 percent (8-19) from three-point range, and 73.7 percent (14-19) from the free throw line. It is the tenth time this season the Cavaliers have shot a higher percentage from three-point range than from two-point range. UVa tied a season low with just seven turnovers in the game.
Farrakhan and Harris continue to average in double figures in scoring for Virginia. Farrakhan is averaging 13.3 points a game for the season and 14.2 points a game in ACC games. Harris is averaging 10.6 points a game for the season and 11.4 points a game in conference games. His 58 three-point field goals rank second on Virginia’s list of three-point field goals by freshmen in a season.
Freshman guard KT Harrell is averaging 8.6 points a game for the Cavaliers and Sene is averaging 5.5 rebounds a game. Sene is averaging 6.2 points and 7.3 rebounds a game in conference games. Evans leads UVa in assists (101, 3.7 apg.) and steals (39, 1.4 spg.).
Harris is fourth in the ACC in three-point field goal percentage (.417, 58-139) for all games and is fifth in that category in conference games (.423, 33-78). He ranks sixth in the ACC in three-point field goals made (2.1 pg.) for all games and is third in conference games (2.5 pg.).
Evans ranks eighth in the conference in all games in assists and in steals, and is tenth in assist to turnover ratio (1.8). Farrakhan is 16th in the ACC in all games in scoring and 12th in scoring in conference games.
Sene ranks tied for seventh in conference games in rebounding with his average of 7.3 a game, seventh in defensive rebounds (4.9 pg.) and tied for eighth in blocked shots (1.7 bpg.).
Zeglinski ranks third in conference games in three-point field goal percentage (.441, 26-59), is fifth in assist to turnover ratio (2.3) and is tied for seventh in three-point field goals made (2.0 pg.).
As a team in conference games, Virginia ranks first in three-point field goal percentage (.402, 98-244), first in defensive rebound percentage (.713), tied for first in scoring defense (62.6 ppg.) and tied for third in three-point field goals made (7.5 pg.). For all games UVa ranks first in defensive rebound percentage (.713), second in three-point field goal percentage (.389, 198-509), tied for second in scoring defense (62.4 ppg.), and fourth in rebounding defense (33.4) and in three-point field goals made (7.3 pg.).
Virginia leads the series with Boston College 7-5 and the Cavaliers have won three of the four games between the two teams in Charlottesville. The teams have split two games at John Paul Jones Arena.
The game between Virginia and Boston College on Saturday is the second between the two teams this season. Boston College defeated UVa 70-67 in Chestnut Hill on Jan. 19. Senior forward Joe Trapani led the Eagles with 18 points in that game and he also had six rebounds. Junior guard Reggie Jackson finished with 16 points, and had team-high totals of seven rebounds and seven assists for Boston College. Also scoring in double figures for the Eagles were senior guard Biko Paris with 12 points and senior forward Corey Raji with 10 points.
Virginia also had four players score in double figures in that game. Farrakhan led the Cavaliers with 14 points and he had a career-high seven rebounds. Harrell scored 13 points and Harris and Sene each had 11 points. Sene also had a game-high nine rebounds and tied his career high with five blocked shots.
Boston College enters the game on Wednesday with an overall record of 16-11 and a 6-7 record in the ACC. The Eagles are coming off a 73-64 home loss to Miami on Wednesday (Feb. 23) and have lost their last two games.
Four players are averaging in double figures in scoring for the Eagles led by Jackson who is averaging 18.2 points a game. Jackson also leads the team in assists with 120 (4.4 apg.).
Also averaging in double figures in scoring for Boston College are Trapani (14.7 ppg.), Raji (12.0 ppg.) and Paris (10.0 ppg.). Trapani is averaging a team-leading 7.6 rebounds a game and Raji is averaging 6.4 rebounds a game.
Steve Donahue is in his first season as head coach at Boston College. Donahue was the head coach at Cornell for 10 years before taking over the Boston College program. His Cornell teams compiled an overall record of 146-138 and participated in the NCAA Tournament each of the last three seasons.
After the game with Boston College the Cavaliers play their final home game of the regular season on Tuesday (March 1) against NC State. That game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be televised by the ACC’s Regional Sports Networks.