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No. 10 Virginia vs. No. 14 West Virginia
Date & Time
Tuesday, Dec. 8 | 7 p.m.
Locations Madison Square Garden | New York, N.Y.
Coverage ESPN/WatchESPN | Listen on Cavaliers Live |
Additional Information Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Game Notes

Dec. 7, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 10 Virginia (7-1) plays No. 14 West Virginia in the Jimmy V Men’s Basketball Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 8 in New York. Tipoff at Madison Square Garden is set for 7 p.m.

For Openers
• Virginia meets West Virginia for the first time in 31 seasons.
• UVA returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time since suffering a 61-59 loss to Michigan State in the 2014 NCAA East Regional semifinals.
• All-American Malcolm Brogdon has four 20-point games and leads UVA in scoring for the third straight season at a career-best 17.3 points per game.
• Junior point guard London Perrantes missed the Ohio State and William & Mary games (appendectomy) and his status for the West Virginia game is to be determined.
• UVA ranks sixth nationally in scoring defense at 57.5 points per game.
• UVA is shooting 50 percent from the field (best since 52.3% in 1982-83), 38.3 percent from 3-point range (best since 38.8% in 2010-11) and 75.8 percent from the free throw line (best since 76.2% in 1978-79).

Broadcast Information
• The Virginia-West Virginia game will be televised on ESPN, streamed online at and broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network, ESPN Radio, and Virginia Athletics mobile app on iTunes or Android.
• Live statistics will be located on and the Virginia Sports app.

The Head Coaches
Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 143-65 in seven seasons at UVA and 212-98 in 10 seasons overall.
West Virginia: Bob Huggins (West Virginia, 1977), 182-101 in nine seasons at West Virginia and 772-312 in 34 seasons overall.

UVA All-Time vs. West Virginia
• Virginia is 8-8 all-time vs. West Virginia in the series that dates back to the 1915-16 season.
• The Cavaliers and Mountaineers are meeting for the first time since Jan. 15, 1985, when UVA topped West Virginia 56-55 in the first round of the NIT in Morgantown.
• UVA is 3-2 in its last five games vs. West Virginia.

Last Time vs. West Virginia
• Jim Miller tallied 16 points and nine rebounds to lead Virginia to a 56-55 win at West Virginia in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
• Olden Polynice added eight points and 10 rebounds for Virginia, which shot 18-22 from the free throw line in the win.
• Lester Rowe led West Virginia with 13 points and Dale Blaney added 10.

Last Time Out
• Malcolm Brogdon and Anthony Gill tallied 16 points each to lead Virginia to a 67-52 non-conference win over William & Mary on Dec. 5.
• Darius Thompson added 12 points and a season-high four steals and Isaiah Wilkins chipped in eight points, a career-high four steals and three rebounds.
• UVA’s 15 steals were its most since 16 vs. NC State in 2008.

Virginia All-Time at Madison Square Garden
• Virginia has a 5-7 all-time record at Madison Square Garden.
• The Cavaliers return to the Garden for the first time since dropping an NCAA regional semifinal game to Michigan State (61-59) on March 28, 2014.
• UVA won the 1980 and 1992 NIT titles at MSG.
• Tony Bennett had his NBA Playoff career high at MSG, scoring nine points (4-4 FG, 1-1 3FG) vs. the Knicks on May 9, 1993.

`Hoo Are These Wahoos?
• UVA is averaging 77.1 points per game and yielding 57.5 ppg (sixth nationally and most since 62.4 in 2010-11).
• The Cavaliers lead the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.12 and are tied for ninth in turnover margin at +5.8.
• Senior All-America candidate Malcolm Brogdon leads UVA in scoring for the third consecutive season at a career-best 17.3 points per game, while All-ACC performer Anthony Gill is averaging 12.6 points and 5.8 rebounds.
• Brogdon has four 20-point efforts, including a career-high 28 at George Washington), and Gill has reached double figures in scoring in all eight games.
• London Perrantes is averaging career highs in points (10.0), assists (5.3) and assist-to-turnover ratio (4.57).
• Marial Shayok has reached double figures in scoring in three of the last six games, including a career-high 17 vs. Long Beach State, since joining the starting lineup.
• UVA has out-rebounded its opponents in six of its seven wins and has a +8.4 rebounding margin overall. • Nine players are averaging 10 or more minutes per game.
• The Cavaliers have shot 50 percent or better from 3-point range in three of their last five games.

On The Horizon
• Virginia hosts Villanova in non-conference action on Saturday, Dec. 19. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for Noon.

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