No. 2 Virginia Visits Virginia Tech in Commonwealth Clash on Sunday
|No. 2 Virginia at Virginia Tech|
|Date & Time||Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 | 1 p.m.|
|Location||Blacksburg, Va. | Cassell Coliseum|
|Coverage||ACC Network | Listen on Cavaliers Live | |
|Additional Information||Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Game Notes |
Jan. 24, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 2 Virginia (18-0, 6-0 ACC) visits in-state rival Virginia Tech in a Commonwealth Clash on Sunday, Jan. 25. Tipoff at Cassell Coliseum is set for 1 p.m.
Â• Virginia (18-0) is off to its best start since the 1980-81 season when that team led by legendary center Ralph Sampson started 23-0.
Â• UVa has started 6-0 in ACC play for the first time since the 1980-81 team started 12-0.
Â• UVa ranks first nationally in scoring defense at 49.3 points per game.
Â• Virginia is first in the ACC at 6-0, while Virginia Tech is tied for 13th at 0-5.
Â• The Cavaliers have won 14 of their 18 games by 11 or more points.
Â• The Virginia-Virginia Tech game will be televised on the ACC Network and streamed online at ESPN3.com.
Â• The game will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network, VirginiaSports.com and Virginia Athletics mobile app on iTunes or Android.
Â• Live statistics will be located on VirginiaSports.com and Virginia Sports app.
Â• The Virginia-Virginia Tech game is part of the Virginia 529 Commonwealth Clash, which is a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams of the Hoos and Hokies.
Â• The competition includes the 21 sports in which the two schools compete against each other, plus one fan-decided point.
Â• Today’s game is sponsored by Virginia529, the official college savings plan of University of Virginia Athletics.
Â• The UVa-VT game is worth a half point in the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash.
Â• The score for the Clash is now Virginia 5.0 and Virginia Tech 1.5.
Â• Learn more about Virginia529 and this new competition at TheCommonwealthClash.com. “Who will surrender, Hokie or Hoo? It could be up to you.”
The Head Coaches
Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 124-60 in six seasons at UVa and 193-93 in nine seasons overall.
Virginia Tech: Buzz Williams (Oklahoma City University, 1994), 8-10 in first season at Virginia Tech and 161-96 in eight seasons overall.
Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and SneakersTM Awareness Week
Â• The Virginia-Virginia Tech game is part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And SneakersTM Awareness Week, celebrated Jan. 19-25.
Â• The nationwide event unites coaches across the country to raise awareness about the fight against cancer, and promote the American Cancer Society as a place for help and support.
Â• On Sunday, the Virginia and Virginia Tech coaching staffs will wear sneakers with their game attire as a visible reminder about the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing one’s cancer risk.
Against The Commonwealth
Â• Since the 1999-2000 season, Virginia has a 54-13 record against teams from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Â• UVa is 20-4 in its last 24 games vs. in-state opponents.
Â• Virginia is 3-0 vs. teams from Virginia this season, defeating James Madison, Norfolk State and VCU.
UVa Ranked No. 2 For Second Straight Week
Â• UVa is ranked No. 2 in the AP poll for the second straight week.
Â• Prior to this year, the Cavaliers achieved their last No. 2 ranking on March 8, 1983.
Â• Virginia has delivered three of the nine home losses by teams currently ranked in the top 16 of this week’s AP poll (Notre Dame, Maryland, VCU).
Â• The Cavaliers have been ranked in the top 10 for the first 11 weeks of the season for the first time since 1982-83.
Â• The No. 9 AP preseason ranking was UVa’s best since a No. 1 ranking to start the 1982-83 season.
Â• UVa is one of three teams (Duke and Arizona) that have been ranked in the top 10 for 14 straight weeks dating back to last season.
Virginia All-Time vs. Virginia Tech
Â• Virginia is 86-53 all-time vs. Virginia Tech in the series that dates back to 1914-15.
Â• The Cavaliers have won five straight games against Virginia Tech, including a pair of wins last season, and seven of the last eight contests in the series.
Â• The Cavaliers are 19-28, including a 6-14 mark at Cassell Coliseum, against the Hokies in Blacksburg.
Â• Virginia posted a 65-45 win in Charlottesville and 57-53 win in Blacksburg against the Hokies last season.
Â• Head coach Tony Bennett is 7-3 all-time vs. Virginia Tech.
Last Time Out
Â• Malcolm Brogdon led a balanced attack with 13 points as Virginia defeated Georgia Tech 57-28 in an historic win on Jan. 22.
Â• Georgia Tech’s 28 points marked the lowest point total in an ACC regular-season game ever and marked the fewest allowed by Virginia to an ACC opponent in the shot clock era.
Â• Virginia extended its JPJ record home-winning streak to 21 games.
Â• The Cavaliers outrebounded Georgia Tech 36-33 and shut out the Yellow Jackets from 3-point range (0-12).
Last Time vs. Virginia Tech
Â• Justin Anderson and Joe Harris made consecutive 3-pointers to cap Virginia’s rally from an 11-point, second-half deficit in a 57-53 victory over Virginia Tech on Feb. 18, 2014.
Â• The Cavaliers outscored the Hokies 23-6 after falling behind 40-29 with just more than 14 minutes remaining.
Â• Malcolm Brogdon led Virginia with 12 points and London Perrantes had 11.
Â• The Hokies got 13 points each from Joey van Zegeren and Devin Wilson.
On The Horizon
Â• Virginia hosts Duke on Saturday, Jan. 31. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Â• ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm will make its first appearance in Charlottesville prior to the Saturday Primetime presented by DIRECTV telecast featuring No. 2 Virginia and No. 5 Duke.