Virginia Closes Regular Season at Maryland on Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE-The Virginia men’s basketball team plays its final game of the 2010-11 regular season at 2 p.m. on Saturday (March 5) against Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Maryland in College Park, Md.
The game on Saturday will be televised by the ACC Network and broadcast by the Virginia Sports Radio Network. The game is also available online in the ACC area at theACC.com (click here) and on ESPN3 outside the ACC area (click here).
The Cavaliers have won three of their last four games and enter the game at Maryland with an overall record of 15-14 and a 6-9 record in the ACC. UVa is coming off a 69-58 victory over NC State on Senior Night at John Paul Jones Arena on Tuesday (March 1). Virginia’s six ACC wins are the most for the Cavaliers since the 2006-07 season (11-5, T-1st).
Freshman guard Joe Harris scored a game-high 19 points, senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan had 15 points and senior forward Will Sherrill had a season-high 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds to lead Virginia to its victory over NC State. Junior guard Sammy Zeglinski added 10 points for the Cavaliers.
Seniors Farrakhan and Sherrill were instrumental in Virginia’s victory. Farrakhan hit a key three-point field goal with 3:23 remaining in the game to give the Cavaliers a 59-50 lead and Sherrill was 5-7 from the field, including 4-5 from three-point range, in a career-high 37 minutes.
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 14.0 points a game in ACC games. Harris is averaging 10.7 points a game for the season and 11.5 points a game in conference games. His 63 three-point field goals lead ACC freshmen and rank second on Virginia’s list of three-point field goals by freshmen in a season.
Freshman guard KT Harrell is averaging 8.2 points a game for the Cavaliers and junior center Assane Sene is averaging 5.4 rebounds a game. Sene is averaging 6.5 points and 6.9 rebounds a game in conference games. He blocked four shots against NC State on Tuesday and now ranks 10th on UVa’s career blocked shots list with 91.
Sophomore guard Jontel Evans leads UVa in assists (106, 3.7 apg.) and steals (40, 1.4 spg.).
Harris is fourth in the ACC in three-point field goal percentage (.414, 63-152) for all games and is third in that category in conference games (.418, 38-91). He ranks sixth in the ACC in three-point field goals made (2.2 pg.) for all games and is third in conference games (2.5 pg.).
Evans ranks tied for eighth in the conference in all games in steals, eighth in assists and 10th in assist to turnover ratio (1.9). He is ninth in assist to turnover ratio (2.0) in conference games. Farrakhan ranks 13th in scoring in conferences games and is 14th in the ACC in scoring in all games.
Sene ranks seventh in conference games in blocked shots (1.7 bpg.), ninth in rebounding 6.9 rpg.) and 10th in defensive rebounds (4.6 pg.).
Zeglinski is fourth in assist to turnover ratio (2.1) in all games. He ranks fifth in conference games in assist to turnover ratio (2.3) and tied for eighth in three-point field goals made (1.9).
As a team in conference games, Virginia ranks first in three-point field goal percentage (.392, 112-286), scoring defense (62.3 ppg.) and defensive rebound percentage (.712), third in three-point field goals made (7.5 pg.) and fourth in turnover margin (+1.1). For all games UVa ranks first in defensive rebound percentage (.713), second in scoring defense (62.3 ppg.), third in three-point field goal percentage (.385, 212-551) and fourth in three-point field goals made (7.3 pg.).
Maryland leads the series with Virginia 106-68 and has won four of the last five games in the series. The Terrapins lead 60-21 in games played between the two teams in College Park. Maryland defeated Virginia 66-42 at John Paul Jones Arena on Jan. 27.
The Terrapins enter the game on Saturday with an overall record of 18-12 and a 7-8 record in the ACC. Maryland is coming off an 80-66 loss at Miami on Wednesday (March 2).
Sophomore forward Jordan Williams leads Maryland in scoring and rebounding. He is averaging 16.9 points and 11.8 rebounds a game and has 23 double-doubles on the season.
Freshman guard Terrell Stoglin is the only other player averaging in double figures in scoring for the Terrapins. Stoglin is averaging 11.7 points a game.
Senior guard/forward Cliff Tucker is averaging 9.7 points a game and senior guard Adrian Bowie is averaging 9.2 points a game for Maryland. Bowie leads the Terrapins in assists (110, 3.7 apg.).
Gary Williams is in his 22nd season as Maryland’s head coach. His Maryland teams have compiled an overall record of 460-250 and the Terrapins won the 2002 National Championship.
After the game at Maryland on Saturday, the Cavaliers will play in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., next week. The tournament begins on Thursday (March 10).