Virginia Opens ACC Tournament Play Thursday vs. Boston College
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia, the No. 6 seed at the 2012 ACC Tournament, faces No. 11 seed Boston College on Thursday (March 1) in the first round at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m., or 20 minutes following the 6 p.m. first round game between Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. The game will air on the ACC’s Regional Sports Networks (Comcast SportsNet in the Charlottesville area). Additionally, the game will be broadcast over the airwaves on WINA 1070 AM. That broadcast, along with live statistics, can be accessed at VirginiaSports.com.
Online, the game can be viewed on ESPN3.
Virginia finished the regular season with a 21-9 overall record and 9-7 mark in conference play. The Cavaliers finished in a tie for fifth place in the standings with North Carolina, but lost the head-to-head tiebreaker and earned the sixth seed at the tournament.
Led by second-team All-ACC selection Ariana Moorer (13.8 points per game) and honorable mention All-ACC selection Ataira Franklin (12.1 points per game), the Cavaliers have won three-consecutive games and seven of their last 10.
Virginia has matched a program record by limiting 22 opponents to fewer than 60 points this season. The 1974-75 and 1980-81 squads held the same number of opponents to fewer than 60 points.
Virginia holds an all-time record of 33-31 at the conference tournament. The Wahoos have won three championships – 1990, 1992 and 1993. Virginia has a 4-2 record in the first round, 20-11 record in the quarterfinal round, 6-15 record in the semifinal round and a 3-3 record in the final game.
Last season, the Cavaliers were defeated by Wake Forest, 74-68, in the first round. UVa and Boston College have met once in the ACC Tourney – a 2006 first round match-up that Virginia won by a score of 83-72.
Virginia leads the all-time series with Boston College, 9-2, including two-straight victories over the Eagles. In the regular-season match-up, UVa won 69-58 in Charlottesville on Jan. 21.
Boston College (7-22, 2-14 ACC) lost three-straight games to conclude the regular season – at Georgia Tech (85-48), vs. NC State (73-69) and at Miami (88-42).
The Eagles are led by Katie Zenevitch’s 10.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, followed by Kristen Doherty’s 10.1 points per game.
Sylvia Crawley is the head coach of Boston College and has a 67-62 record with the Eagles.
Should Virginia advance to the quarterfinals, No. 3 seed Maryland would be its opponent. That game would be played at 8 p.m. on Friday (March 2).