No. 3 Virginia Battles No. 9 Louisville For First Time in ACC Action on Saturday
|No. 9 Louisville at No. 3 Virginia|
|Date & Time||Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 | 7 p.m.|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. | John Paul Jones Arena | 2014-15 Parking|
|Coverage||ESPN/WatchESPN.com | Listen on Cavaliers Live ||
|Additional Information||2014-15 Tickets | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Game Notes|
Feb. 6, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 3 Virginia (20-1, 8-1 ACC) hosts No. 9 Louisville (19-3, 7-2 ACC) for the first time in ACC action on Saturday (Feb. 7). Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game is sold out.
â€¢ UVa continues its first three-game stretch vs. top-15 opponents (No. 4 Duke, No. 12 North Carolina and No. 9 Louisville) since 1997 (No. 13 North Carolina, No. 2 Wake Forest and No. 13 Duke).
â€¢ UVa ranks first nationally in scoring defense at 50.9 points per game.
â€¢ Virginia is first in the ACC at 8-1, while Louisville is third at 7-2.
â€¢ The Cavaliers have won 15 of their 20 games by 11 or more points.
â€¢ Virginia’s 20-1 record marks its second best in school history (23-0 start in 1980-81).
â€¢ Virginia’s Tony Bennett and Mike Tobey, and Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell helped Team USA to the gold medal at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.
â€¢ The Virginia-Louisville game will be televised on ESPN and streamed online at WatchESPN.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.
The Head Coaches
Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 126-61 in six seasons at UVa and 195-94 in nine seasons overall.
Louisville: Rick Pitino (Massachusetts, 1974), 360-120 in 14 seasons at Louisville and 714-248 in 30 seasons overall.
UVa Ranked No. 3 in Latest National Polls
â€¢ UVa is ranked No. 3 in the latest AP and USA Today coaches’ polls after being ranked No. 2 in both polls for three straight weeks.
â€¢ Prior to this year, the Cavaliers achieved their last No. 2 ranking on March 8, 1983.
â€¢ Virginia has delivered four of the 14 home losses by teams currently ranked in the top 18 of this week’s AP poll (Notre Dame, North Carolina, Maryland, VCU).
â€¢ The Cavaliers have been ranked in the top 10 for the first 14 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 16 straight weeks dating back to last season.
Virginia All-Time vs. Louisville
â€¢ Virginia and Louisville meet for the first time since Feb. 17, 1990, when the Cardinals defeated the Cavaliers 72-56 in Charlottesville.
â€¢ The Cavaliers are 5-3 all-time vs. Louisville in the series that dates back to 1923-24.
â€¢ The Cavaliers are 2-1 against the Cardinals in Charlottesville and the teams are meeting for the first time at John Paul Jones Arena.
â€¢ Virginia has a two-game losing streak against the Cardinals and looks for its first win in the series in 30 years.
Last Time vs. Louisville
â€¢ Everick Sullivan had 22 points and Felton Spencer had 11 in Louisville’s 72-56 win over Virginia on Feb. 17, 1990.
â€¢ Bryant Stith had a game-high 27 points and John Crotty added 13 for Virginia.
â€¢ Louisville shot 50 percent from the floor and limited the Cavaliers to just 30.8 percent, including 10.5 percent (2-19) from 3-point range.
â€¢ Virginia forced 18 turnovers, but were outrebounded 43-34.
Last Time Out
â€¢ Malcolm Brogdon scored 17 points and Virginia’s defense locked up No. 12 North Carolina in the second half to win 75-64 in Chapel Hill on Feb. 2.
â€¢ Justin Anderson added 16 points and a career-high seven assists, London Perrantes had 15 points and six assists, and Anthony Gill chipped in 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds off the bench.
â€¢ After shooting 52 percent in the first half, Virginia limited UNC to just 11-for-29 (38 percent) after halftime.
â€¢ Virginia shot 51.8 percent from the floor, blocked seven shots and had nine steals in its eighth road win of the season.
â€¢ Marcus Paige led North Carolina with 15 points and Brice Johnson added 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
â€¢ Kennedy Meeks also landed in double figures with 11 points, but had six turnovers.
There’s No Place Like Home
â€¢ UVa is 118-36 (.766) in nine seasons, including a 10-1 mark in 2014-15, at John Paul Jones Arena.
â€¢ UVa’s 21-game home winning streak from Dec. 21, 2013-Jan. 22, 2015 set a JPJ record.
â€¢ UVa is 80-20 (.800) at home under head coach Tony Bennett.
â€¢ Virginia has sold out home contests vs. Harvard, Davidson, Duke, Louisville (2/7), Wake Forest (2/14), Pitt (2/16), Florida State (2/22) and Virginia Tech (2/28) this season.
â€¢ Virginia enjoyed a school-best, 21-game ACC home winning streak from Jan. 6, 2013-Jan. 22, 2015, marking the longest in the ACC since Duke’s 22-game ACC home winning streak from 2002-04.
On The Horizon
â€¢ Virginia plays at NC State on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Tipoff at PNC Arena is set for 8 p.m. The game will be televised on the ACC Network.