No. 2 Virginia Closes Regular Season at No. 16/14 Louisville
|No. 2 Virginia at No. 16/14 Louisville|
|Date & Time||Saturday, March 7, 2015 | 6:30p.m.|
|Locations||KFC Yum! Center|Louisville, Ky.|
|Coverage||ESPN/WatchESPN.com| Cavaliers Live||
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March 6, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 2 Virginia (28-1, 15-1 ACC) closes out the regular season with an ACC contest at No. 16/14 Louisville (23-7, 11-6 ACC) on Saturday (March 7). Tipoff at KFC Yum! Center is set for 6:30 p.m.
Â• Virginia junior guard Justin Anderson will miss the game after having an appendectomy on March 5. He has missed the past seven games with a fractured a finger and his status for the ACC Tournament is to be determined.
Â• UVa ranks first nationally in scoring defense at 49.9 points per game, which is the third lowest average in the shot clock era (since 1986).
Â• UVa is first in the ACC at 16-1, while Louisville is fourth at 11-6.
Â• Virginia’s 28-1 record marks its best start in school history.
Â• Virginia has clinched its second consecutive ACC regular-season title and No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament.
Â• Virginia is the first ACC school besides Duke or North Carolina to earn back-to-back outright ACC regular-season titles since NC State in 1973-74.
Â• Virginia is the first ACC school to record 16 or more league wins in back-to-back seasons.
Â• UVa has held its opponents to fewer than 50 points in six of the last eight games. Â• Virginia has beaten ACC opponents by 10 or more points in five straight games.
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), 134-61 in six seasons at UVa and 203-94 in nine seasons overall.
Louisville: Rick Pitino (Massachusetts, 1974), 364-124 in 14 seasons at Louisville and 718-252 in 30 seasons overall.
UVa Ranked No. 2 in Latest National Polls
Â• UVa is ranked No. 2 in the AP and USA Today coaches’ polls.
Â• The Cavaliers have been ranked in the top 10 for the first 18 weeks of the season for the first time since 1982-83.
Â• Prior to this year, the Cavaliers achieved their last No. 2 ranking on March 8, 1983.
Â• Virginia has delivered three of the 21 home losses by teams currently ranked in the top 20 of this week’s AP poll (Notre Dame, North Carolina, Maryland).
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 20 straight weeks dating back to last season.
Virginia All-Time vs. Louisville
Â• The Cavaliers are 6-3 all-time vs. Louisville in the series that dates back to 1923-24.
Â• Virginia and Louisville meet for the second time this season.
Â• Then-No. 3 Virginia defeated then-No. 9 Louisville 52-47 on Feb. 7 in Charlottesville.
Â• The Cavaliers are 3-2 against the Cardinals in Louisville and the teams are meeting for the first time at KFC Yum! Center.
Â• Tony Bennett is 1-0 all-time vs. Louisville.
Last Time vs. the Cardinals
Â• Malcolm Brogdon scored 15 points and Virginia’s defense held Louisville to 13 first-half points in the Cavaliers’ 52-47 win over the Cardinals on Feb. 7. Â• Anthony Gill added 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench, and Darion Atkins and Mike Tobey added nine points each.
Â• Terry Rozier led Louisville with 16 points, and Montrezl Harrell had 12 and Chris Jones added 11.
Â• London Perrantes had a game-high six assists. Â• Virginia had just two turnovers in the contest, but was outrebounded 36-33.
Â• The Cavaliers shot 33.3 percent from the floor and limited Louisville to 37 percent.
Last Time Out
Â• No. 2 Virginia overcame a sluggish start to defeat Syracuse 59-47 on March 2 at the Carrier Dome.
Â• The Cavaliers scored their first points at 11:46 and rallied to take a 23-20 halftime lead.
Â• Anthony Gill had game highs in points (17) and rebounds (9) and London Perrantes had his first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 10 assists.
Â• Malcolm Brogdon added 10 points and Mike Tobey contributed 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
Â• Virginia dominated Syracuse with a 42-20 rebounding advantage.
Â• The Cavaliers shot 46.2 percent from the floor and limited the Orange to 38.3 percent, including 4-19 from 3-point range.
On The Horizon
Â• No. 1-seed Virginia plays the No. 8 seed or No. 9 seed in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday, March 12. Tipoff is set for 12 p.m. at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.