Cavaliers Back At JPJA Against Green Bay On Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE-The Virginia men’s basketball team returns to action on Friday (Nov. 25) at John Paul Jones Arena when the Cavaliers host Green Bay in a game that is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
UVa head coach Tony Bennett is a 1992 graduate of Green Bay and will be facing his alma mater for the first time as a head coach. Bennett is Green Bay’s all-time leading scorer with 2,285 career points.
Single-game tickets for the Virginia-Green Bay game are available and can be purchased online at VirginiaSports.com/tickets. Tickets may also be purchased on game day at the JPJA box office starting at 5:30 p.m.
Family packages are also available for the Green Bay game. A minimum of four tickets must be purchased at a family package price point and a voucher will be included with each ticket for a hot dog and a 22-ounce soda.
The game will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network and will be televised on ESPNU.
Virginia enters Friday’s game with an overall record of 4-1 after winning two of three games at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Cavaliers have won their last two games, including a 60-52 victory over Drake on Monday (Nov. 21) at the Paradise Jam in their most recent game.
UVa has been solid defensively in its first five games of the season. The Cavaliers are currently ranked first in scoring defense (46.0 ppg.) and second in field goal percentage defense (34.2 percent, 79-231) among Atlantic Coast Conference teams through games of Nov. 23.
Virginia has held each of its first five opponents under 60 points, the first time the Cavaliers have done that to open a season since 1948-49. UVa has held three of its first five opponents under 50 points, a feat it has accomplished 10 times with Tony Bennett as head coach.
Individually senior forward Mike Scott leads the Cavaliers with averages of 14.8 points and 10.0 rebounds a game. Scott is shooting 50 percent (24-48) from the field and 78.1 percent (25-32) from the free throw line. He was named to the All-Tournament Team at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam after scoring 48 points and grabbing 27 rebounds in Virginia’s three games.
Scott ranks tied for second among ACC players in rebounding and 10th in scoring through games of Nov. 23.
Scott, a preseason All-ACC selection, is currently ranked tied for fifth on UVa’s career list for double-doubles with 25, 10th on the career list for rebounds (729) and 40th on the career list for points scored 1,037.
Sophomore guard Joe Harris is the only other Virginia player averaging in double figures in scoring with an average of 12.4 points a game. Harris is shooting 94.7 percent (18-19) from the free-throw line, which ranks second among ACC players through Nov. 23, and he led the Cavaliers with a season-high 18 points in their victory over Drake at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam on Monday (Nov. 21).
Five other UVa players are averaging between 6.6 and 5.8 points a game, including senior center Assane Sene (6.6 ppg.), freshman guard Malcolm Brogdon (6.6 ppg.), sophomore guard KT Harrell (6.4 ppg.), senior guard Sammy Zeglinski (6.0 ppg.) and junior guard Jontel Evans (5.8 ppg.).
Green Bay, a member of the Horizon League, enters Friday’s game with an overall record of 2-3. The game with Virginia will be the fourth road game of the season for the Phoenix.
Sophomore center Alec Brown is averaging 14.0 points and 8.4 rebounds a game to lead Green Bay. Brown is the only player averaging in double figures in scoring for the Phoenix. Senior guard Steve Baker averages 9.8 points a game for Green Bay.
Brian Wardle is in his second season as head coach of the Phoenix. Green Bay was 14-18 overall and 8-10 in the Horizon League in Wardle’s first season as head coach in 2010-11.
After the game with Green Bay, Virginia hosts Michigan at John Paul Jones Arena on Tuesday (Nov. 29) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Tuesday’s game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN2.