Virginia Concludes Trip With Game At Seattle On Wednesday
SEATTLE-The Virginia men’s basketball team closes a two-game trip to the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday (Dec. 21) when the Cavaliers play Seattle University at KeyArena. UVa began the trip with a 67-54 win at Oregon on Sunday (Dec. 18).
Wednesday’s game is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Eastern time. It will be broadcast by the Virginia Sports Radio Network and televised by Root Sports Northwest.
A live video webcast of the game, produced by Seattle University, will also be available through VirginiaSports.com. Monthly and annual video subscribers will be able to watch the game at no additional charge and a single event pass is available for $7.95 by clicking here.
Virginia enters the Seattle game with an overall record of 9-1 and on a seven-game winning streak. The Cavaliers are ranked No. 24 in this week’s Associated Press poll. It’s the first time UVa has been ranked in the Associated Press poll since Nov. 19, 2007 (No. 23).
Seattle is 2-7 on the season and the Redhawks have lost their last five games.
UVa has held each of its first 10 opponents under 60 points and through games of Dec. 19 was ranked second in the nation in scoring defense (48.5 ppg.). It is Virginia’s longest streak since it had a stretch of 17 games holding opponents under 60 points from the last eight games of the 1947-48 season through the first nine games of the 1948-49 season. It’s the first time the Cavaliers have held 10 consecutive opponents under 60 points in the same season since UVa held all 17 of its opponents under 60 points during the 1945-46 season. It is the third longest streak in Atlantic Coast Conference history and the longest by an ACC team in the shot clock era.
Virginia has held five of its opponents under 50 points and has now done that 12 times in the Tony Bennett era.
The Cavaliers are ranked first among ACC teams in scoring defense, rebounding defense (26.3), defensive rebounding percentage (79.1 percent) and turnover margin (+2.4), second in three-point field goal percentage defense (25.7 percent) and third in rebounding margin (+7.6) and field goal percentage defense (37.2 percent).
Offensively UVa ranks first among ACC teams in free throw percentage (74.8 percent) and fourth in field goal percentage (47.4 percent).
Senior forward Mike Scott was named the ACC Player of the Week for his play in the Cavaliers’ victory over Oregon. Scott scored a game-high 17 points and had a game-high 13 rebounds against the Ducks. He was 5-7 (71.4 percent) from the field and made all seven of his free throw attempts. He also had one assist.
Scott scored 13 points and had eight rebounds in the second half as Virginia came back from a 30-28 halftime deficit to defeat Oregon. It was Oregon’s first home loss of the season.
The double-double was Scott’s fourth of the season and the 28th of his career. The ACC Player of the Week honor was the second of his career.
Scott leads the Cavaliers in scoring (15.5 ppg.) and rebounding (9.5 rpg.). He is shooting 59.5 percent (50-84) from the field and 80.0 percent (52-65) from the free-throw line. He ranks second among ACC players in field goal percentage, third in rebounding, seventh in scoring and ninth in free throw percentage.
Sophomore guard Joe Harris is averaging 12.7 points and 3.9 rebounds a game for Virginia. Harris, who is from Chelan, Wash., is shooting 90.9 percent (30-33) from the free-throw line and ranks tied for second among ACC players in that department. He scored 15 points and had five rebounds in the victory at Oregon.
Senior guard Sammy Zeglinski has scored in double figures in three of the last four games and is averaging 9.0 points a game. Zeglinski ranks third among ACC players in steals (1.9 spg.), is fourth in three-point field goal percentage (40.5 percent, 17-42) and is fifth in three-point field goals made (2.1 pg.).
Four other Virginia players are averaging between 7.3 and 5.2 points a game, including freshman guard Malcolm Brogdon (7.3), junior guard Jontel Evans (7.0), senior center Assane Sene (5.9) and sophomore guard KT Harrell (5.2).
Evans leads the team in assists with 32 and ranks seventh among ACC players in that department with an average of 3.2 a game. He ranks eighth in steals with an average of 1.4 a game. Evans scored 12 points, had five assists, four rebounds and one steal in the win at Oregon.
Virginia and Seattle have met once previously with the Redhawks defeating the Cavaliers 59-53 at John Paul Jones Arena last season.
Seattle is coming off a 78-53 loss at Utah State last Saturday (Dec. 17).
The Redhawks are led in scoring by senior forward Aaron Broussard (14.4 ppg.) and sophomore forward Clarence Trent (11.7 ppg.). Senior forward Eric Wallace is averaging 9.8 points and a team-leading 8.6 rebounds a game.
Cameron Dollar is in his third season as Seattle’s head coach.
After the game with Seattle the Cavaliers return to action on Dec. 27 against Maryland-Eastern Shore at John Paul Jones Arena. That game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.