No. 9 Seed Louisville vs. No. 1 Seed Virginia
Date & Time
Thursday, March 8, 2018 | Noon ET
Location Barclays Center | Brooklyn, N.Y.
Coverage ESPN | ACC Network | ACC Network Extra |
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March 6, 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 1 seed Virginia (28-2) plays No. 9 seed Louisville (20-12) in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday, March 8. Tipoff at Barclays Center (17,732) is set for Noon ET.

For Openers
– Virginia went 2-0 vs. Louisville in 2017-18.
– No. 1 seed Virginia captured its fourth outright ACC championship (third in five years) and eighth overall in ACC history.
– Tony Bennett (Coach of the Year), Isaiah Wilkins (Defensive Player of the Year & All-ACC Defensive Team), De’Andre Hunter (Sixth Man of the Year & All-ACC Rookie Team), Kyle Guy (All-ACC First Team), Devon Hall (All-ACC Second Team & All-ACC Defensive Team) and Ty Jerome (All-ACC Third Team) earned ACC postseason honors on March 4.

Broadcast Information
– The Virginia-Louisville contest will be televised on ESPN and ACC Network and streamed online on ACC Network Extra ( and ESPN App. The game will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network, and Virginia Athletics mobile app on iTunes or Android.

The Head Coaches
Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 216-85 in nine seasons at UVA and 285-118 in 12 seasons overall.
Louisville: David Padgett (Louisville, 2008), 20-12 in one season at Louisville.

A Win vs. Louisville Would:
– Send UVA to the ACC semifinals for the fourth time in five years.
– Give UVA 29 or more wins for the eighth time in history.
– Give UVA a 26-3 all-time record as the No. 1 team in the nation.
– Give UVA a seven-game winning streak vs. Louisville.
– Give UVA a six-game winning streak.
– Give UVA at least one win in each of the last five ACC tournaments, tying a program best set from 1970-74.
– Give UVA its 24th win in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.
– Give UVA its 39th win in the ACC Tournament.

UVA in the National Statistical Rankings
– UVA ranks first nationally in scoring defense (52.8 ppg), turnovers per game (8.8) and winning percentage (93.3%), second in fouls per game (13.9), third in field goal percentage defense (37.6%), fifth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (29.9%), seventh in scoring margin (14.5), ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.52) and 11th in turnover margin (4.2).

All-Time in the ACC Tournament
– Virginia will be the No. 1 seed for the ACC Tournament for the fourth time in school history and third in the last five years under head coach Tony Bennett.
– The Cavaliers are 38-62 all-time in the ACC Tournament.
– UVA has posted a 5-2 mark as the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament (1-1 in 1981, 3-0 in 2014 and 1-1 in 2015).
– UVA captured ACC Tournament titles as the No. 6 seed in 1976 and No. 1 seed in 2014.
– UVA has advanced to the ACC Tournament semifinals in three of the last four seasons.
– UVA went 1-1 in last year’s ACC Tournament, defeating Pitt (75-63) before losing to Notre Dame (71-58) in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.
– Bennett is 8-7 all-time in the ACC Tournament.

UVA Ranked No. 1 For Fourth Consecutive Week
– Virginia is ranked No. 1 in the AP poll for the fourth straight week.
– On Feb. 12, UVA earned its first No. 1 ranking since Dec. 21, 1982 (650 weeks between No. 1 rankings).
– The Cavaliers are the first team to ascend to No. 1 following a loss (a 61-60 setback to in-state rival Virginia Tech).
– UVA is 25-3 all-time in the 13 weeks as the top-ranked team.
– The Cavaliers are the fourth team in the Top 25 era (1990-present) to earn a No. 1 ranking after being unranked in the preseason (Kansas, 1990; Syracuse, 2010; Baylor, 2017).
– UVA has been ranked in the AP poll for 15 straight weeks and has been ranked in the top 10 in each of the past 11 polls.
– Virginia is the fifth team in ACC history to move from unranked in preseason to the top 3, joining Miami (2012-13), Georgia Tech (2003-04), Wake Forest (1980-81) and North Carolina (1972-73).
– UVA is the lone ACC team to be ranked in the top 3 in four of the past five seasons.

All-Time at the Barclays Center
– UVA is 5-1 all-time at the Barclays Center, including wins over Vanderbilt and Rhode Island in the NIT Season Tip-Off on Nov. 23-24.
– The Cavaliers went 1-1 at the 2017 ACC Tournament at Barclays Center, posting a win over Pitt (75-63) and loss to Notre Dame (71-58).
– UVA defeated La Salle (64-56) and Rutgers (45-26) en route to the 2014 Barclays Center Classic championship.
– Rutgers’ 26 points marked the fewest allowed by UVA and tied for second among ACC teams in the shot clock era (since 1986).

UVA No. 1 in Ken Pom Efficiency Ratings
– UVA ranks No. 1 in the overall and adjusted defense efficiency ratings and No. 39 in the adjusted offense ratings.
– UVA is shooting 46 percent, 38.9 percent from 3-point range and 75.6 percent from the free throw line.
– UVA has shot 50 percent or better in 10 games and limited its opponents to less than 50 percent shooting in 29 of 30 games.

All-Time vs. Louisville
– UVA is 12-4 all-time vs. Louisville in a series that began in 1923-24.
– UVA has a six-game winning streak against Louisville and is 7-1 vs. the Cardinals in ACC action.
– UVA beat Louisville 74-64 and 67-66 this season.
– UVA has held Louisville to 59 or fewer points in six of eight contests since the Cardinals joined the ACC in 2014-15.
– Tony Bennett is 7-1 vs. Louisville as head coach at Virginia.

Last vs. the Cardinals
De’Andre Hunter‘s 3-pointer as time expired gave No. 1 Virginia a 67-66 victory over Louisville on March 1 in a wild finish that made the Cavaliers the first ACC team to go 9-0 on the road in league play.
– The Cavaliers tied the game at 58 with 2 minutes left and overcame another five-point deficit in the final minute.
– Louisville led 66-64 and tried to inbounds with .9 seconds left, but Virginia got the ball after Deng Adel (18 points) was called for traveling on the baseline.
– Hunter sank a long 3 that banked in at the horn, sparking a wild dog pile of Cavaliers celebrating in front of Louisville bench.
Ty Jerome scored 21 points while Devon Hall and Kyle Guy each had 10 and Hunter seven.

Getting Defensive
– UVA is allowing 52.8 points per game (2nd best in school history).
– The Cavs allowed 53.1 points per ACC game, marking the third-lowest figure in ACC history.
– UVA has held 22 opponents to 60 or fewer points.
– UVA has held 12 opponents to fewer than 50 points (UNCG, Austin Peay, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Savannah State, Hampton, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Clemson, Syracuse and Pitt).
– UVA has held three opponents to fewer than 40 points (Wisconsin, Clemson and Pitt).
– Six opponents (UNCG, Austin Peay, Savannah State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech & Clemson) have committed more turnovers than made field goals.
– UVA has held 23 foes to less than 43 percent shooting.
– The Cavaliers have held 17 opponents to 30 percent or less shooting from 3-point range.
– Bennett-coached teams have led the nation in scoring defense four times and finished in the top-five nationally in eight of 11 seasons.

About the Cavaliers
– UVA is led by tri-captains Devon Hall, Isaiah Wilkins and Jack Salt.
– The announcement of Hall, Wilkins and Salt marked the first time in Bennett’s 12-year head coaching career where he officially named team captains.
– UVA has averaged 67.3 points per game on offense, while yielding a nation-leading 52.8 ppg on defense.
– UVA has started the lineup of Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy, Hall, Wilkins and Salt in 29 games.
– Guy leads the team in scoring at 13.9 points per game and has reached double figures in 24 games, including a career-high 29 points at VCU (11/17/17).
– Hall has averaged 11.9 points and Wilkins is averaging team-highs in rebounds (6.4) and blocked shots (1.5).
– Jerome is averaging 10.6 points and team highs in assists (3.7 apg) and steals (1.5 spg).
– Salt has chipped in 4.1 rebounds per game and 22 blocked shots.
– Redshirt freshman De’Andre Hunter (9.1 ppg) has reached double figures in 11 ACC games.
– Graduate transfer Nigel Johnson is averaging 4.9 points and Mamadi Diakite has added 5.2 ppg & 2.9 rpg.
Jay Huff and Marco Anthony provide depth and fellow rookie Francesco Badocchi is redshirting the 2017-18 season.

On the Horizon
– The winner of No. 1 seed Virginia vs. No. 9 seed Louisville advances to the ACC Tournament semifinals on Friday, March 9. Tipoff at Barclays Center in Brooklyn is set for 7 p.m.