Virginia at VCU
Date & Time
Friday, Nov. 17 | 4 p.m. ET
Location Siegel Center | Richmond, Va.
Coverage CBS Sports Network | Cavaliers Live | Gametracker
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Nov. 16, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia (2-0) meets VCU (2-0) in men’s basketball non-conference action on Friday (Nov. 17). Tipoff at Siegel Center is scheduled for 4 p.m.

For Openers
– Virginia meets VCU for the first time since posting a 74-57 win over the Rams at the Siegel Center during the 2014-15 campaign.
– UVA has started 2-0 for the second straight season and is is 102-33 (.756) in non-conference action under Tony Bennett.

Broadcast Information
– The Virginia-VCU contest will be televised on CBS Sports Network and broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network, 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), 190-83 in nine seasons at UVA and 259-116 in 12 seasons overall.
VCU: Mike Rhoades (Lebanon Valley, 1995), 2-0 in first season at VCU and 246-128 in 14 seasons overall.

UVA Receiving Votes in Rankings
– UVA received votes in the first Associated Press regular-season poll and USA Today Coaches’ preseason poll.
– The Cavaliers received votes in the preseason rankings in both polls, snapping a streak of 64 consecutive weeks in the AP rankings since Feb. 3, 2014.
– UVA was ranked in the top 10 in the preseason rankings in each of the past three seasons (2014-16).
– Last season, the Cavaliers ranked No. 24 in the final AP poll and received votes in the USA Today Coaches’ poll.

Last Time Out
Devon Hall tallied a career-high 19 points to lead five players in double figures as Virginia defeated Austin Peay 93-49 in non-conference action on Nov. 13 at John Paul Jones Arena.
Jay Huff scored 16 points (7-8 FGs) and blocked five shots in his collegiate debut, while Kyle Guy added 14 points and De’Andre Hunter 13 as 11 Cavaliers scored in the win.
– The 93 points were the most scored under Tony Bennett during his 12-year head coaching career (9 seasons at UVA and 3 seasons at Washington State). – UVA jumped to a 51-22 halftime lead on 70.4 percent shooting (19-of-27) and the Cavaliers finished at 63.5% percent (33-of-52) overall.

Last Time vs. VCU
– Justin Anderson tallied a season-high 21 points to lead the Cavaliers to a 74-57 win at VCU on Dec. 6, 2014.
– Anderson sparked Virginia’s second-best field goal shooting performance (68.3%) in school history in the win.
– Anthony Gill added 18 points and eight rebounds, and Malcolm Brogdon chipped in 15 points.
– Virginia outrebounded VCU 35-21 and had 18 assists.
– VCU was paced by Treveon Graham’s 17 points and Melvin Johnson added 15 points.
– Anderson (Philadelphia), Brogdon (Milwaukee) and Graham (Charlotte) are currently playing in the NBA.

All-Time Against the Atlantic 10
– Virginia is 117-80 all-time against current Atlantic 10 members (12-4 vs. Davidson, 2-0 vs. Dayton, 0-3 vs. Fordham, 8-1 vs. George Mason, 26-24 vs. George Washington, 1-2 vs. LaSalle, 2-0 vs. UMass, 1-1 vs. Rhode Island, 52-36 vs. Richmond, 2-6 vs. Saint Joseph’s, 0-1 vs. Saint Louis and 11-2 vs. VCU).
– The Cavaliers meet an A-10 opponent for the first time since defeating George Mason 83-66 to capture the Charleston Classic during the 2015-16 season.
– Tony Bennett is 7-3 all-time vs. Atlantic 10 opponents at UVA.

Getting Defensive
– UVA has held both 2017-18 opponents to fewer than 50 points, limiting its foes to an average of 48.5 points per game.
– The Cavaliers are 66-2 when limiting their opponents to fewer than 50 points under head coach Tony Bennett.
– In 2016-17, Virginia led the nation in scoring defense (56.4 ppg) for the third time under Bennett.
– Bennett-coached teams have led the nation in scoring defense four times (2008-09, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17) and finished in the top-five nationally in eight of 11 seasons.
– Bennett-coached teams are 91-3 when holding opponents to fewer than 50 points during his 12-year coaching career.

Hoo Are These Cavaliers?
– Virginia returns three starters – Devon Hall, Isaiah Wilkins and Jack Salt – and five other letterwinners including Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome and Mamadi Diakite from last year’s 23-11 team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
– Hall is UVA’s top returning scorer at 8.4 points per game, which marks the third time in school history that UVA started the season without a returning double-digit scorer (1998-99, Colin Ducharme averaged 7.8 ppg in 1997-98 and 1969-70, Chip Case averaged 7.2 ppg in 1968-69).
– Hall leads UVA in scoring at 16 points per game, while Kyle Guy is averaging 15 points and shooting 50 percent (3-of-6) from 3-point range. – Wilkins is averaging 6.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals.
– Center Jack Salt is averaging 4.0 points and 3.0 rebounds, while graduate transfer Nigel Johnson is averaging 8.5 points after averaging 11.3 points for Rutgers last season.
– Jerome (6 ppg) takes over at point guard after backing up All-ACC performer London Perrantes last season.
– Redshirt sophomore Mamadi Diakite (3.5 ppg & 3.5 rpg) and redshirt freshmen De’Andre Hunter (6.5 ppg) and Jay Huff (16 ppg) are key contributors off the bench.
Marco Anthony provides depth and fellow rookie Francesco Badocchi is expected to redshirt the 2017-18 season.

UVA vs. the Commonwealth of Virginia
– UVA has a 62-14 record against teams from the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1999-2000.
– UVA went 1-1 vs. teams from Virginia last season, posting a win (71-48) and double overtime loss (80-78) against Virginia Tech.
– UVA has won 15 of its last 17 games against teams from Virginia.

On the Horizon
– Virginia hosts Monmouth on Sunday, Nov. 19. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 1 p.m. The game is part of the NIT Season Tip-Off and will be televised on the Regional Sports Network.