CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 5 Virginia (1-0) hosts George Washington (0-2) in non-conference action on Sunday (Nov. 11). Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is scheduled for 2 p.m.
• UVA meets George Washington for the 51st time.
• UVA is 115-35 (.767) in non-conference action under Tony Bennett.
• The Virginia-George Washington game will be streamed online on ACC Network Extra (WatchESPN.com) and broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network, VirginiaSports.com and Virginia Sports app.
• Live statistics will be located on VirginiaSports.com and the Virginia Sports app.
The Head Coach
• Three-time National and ACC Coach of the Year Tony Bennett has a 220-86 (.719) mark in 10 seasons at Virginia and 289-118 (.710) career mark in 13 seasons overall.
• In 2017-18, Bennett led Virginia to its eighth ACC regular-season title, third ACC Tournament championship, school-record 31 wins, ACC-record 17 league wins and ACC-record 9-0 mark on the road.
• Bennett was named the USBWA Henry Iba National Coach of the Year for the third time to rank second all-time behind legendary John Wooden, who captured the award six times.
UVA Ranked No. 5 in Preseason Polls
• Virginia is ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ preseason polls.
• UVA has been ranked in the top 10 in the preseason ranking in four of the past five seasons.
• The Cavaliers were unranked in the 2017-18 preseason polls, but became 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).
• Dating back to last season, UVA has been ranked in the AP poll for 17 straight weeks and has been ranked in the top 10 in each of the past 13 polls.
Last Time Out
• Ty Jerome matched a career high with six 3-pointers en route to a game-high 20 points in No. 5 Virginia’s 73-42 win over Towson on Nov. 6.
• De’Andre Hunter added 13 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double-double and Braxton Key had seven points and nine rebounds in his UVA debut.
• Tobias Howard led the Tigers with 10 points.
• Kihei Clark had a game-high six assists in his collegiate debut.
• Virginia shot 48.1 percent from the floor and canned 10 3-pointers.
All-Time vs. the Colonials
• UVA is 26-24 all-time against George Washington in the series that dates back to the 1906-07 season.
• The Cavaliers meet the Colonials for the first time since dropping a 73-68 road decision in the 2015-16 season.
• Virginia is 16-10 against George Washington in Charlottesville, including a 1-0 record at John Paul Jones Arena.
• The Cavaliers have won seven of the last eight meetings.
• Head coach Tony Bennett is 1-1 all-time vs. George Washington.
Last Time vs. George Washington
• UVA suffered a 73-68 loss at George Washington on Nov. 16, 2015.
• Malcolm Brogdon led UVA in points (28), rebounds (6) and assists (4) in the loss.
• Tyler Cavanaugh (18), Patricio Garino (18), Paul Jorgensen (10) and Joe McDonald (10) each scored in double figures for George Washington.
• The Colonials out-rebounded Virginia 37-33 and went 23-28 from the charity stripe.
• UVA shot 40.3 percent from the field, including 25 percent (5-20) from 3-point range.
• The loss ended Virginia’s seven-game winning streak vs. George Washington.
Hoo Are These Cavaliers?
• Virginia returns starters Ty Jerome (All-ACC Second Team), Kyle Guy (All-ACC First Team) and Jack Salt and ACC Sixth Man of the Year De’Andre Hunter from last year’s team that won a school-record 31 games and captured the ACC regular-season and tournament titles.
• Mamadi Diakite, Jay Huff and Marco Anthony also return to the Cavaliers, who finished first nationally in scoring defense for the fourth time in the past five seasons.
• Transfer Braxton Key gained immediate eligibility after averaging 9.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in two seasons at Alabama.
• Newcomer Kihei Clark is expected to contribute immediately after averaging 19.4 points, 7.2 assists & 2.9 steals as a high school senior in 2017-18.
• Kody Stattmann, Austin Katstra and Jayden Nixon provide depth and Francisco Caffaro is redshirting the 2018-19 season.
• Redshirt freshman Francesco Badocchi has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the team due to medical issues.
• Manager Grant Kersey made his collegiate debut against Towson and will dress for home games.
All-Time vs. the Atlantic 10
• Virginia is 120-80 all-time against current Atlantic 10 members (13-4 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, 2-1 vs. Rhode Island, 52-36 vs. Richmond, 2-6 vs. Saint Joseph’s, 0-1 vs. Saint Louis and 12-2 vs. VCU).
• The Cavaliers meet an A-10 opponent for the first time since defeating Davidson 80-60 last season.
• UVA went 3-0 against A-10 foes last season, defeating VCU (76-67), Rhode Island (70-55) and Davidson (80-60).
• Tony Bennett is 10-3 all-time vs. Atlantic 10 opponents at UVA.
About The 2018-19 Schedule
• Seven of Virginia’s opponents are ranked in the AP Top-25 preseason poll (Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Florida State and Clemson), while six (Maryland, Notre Dame, Louisville, Miami, NC State and Marshall) received votes.
• The Cavaliers will play 12 games against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams: home games against Duke, Florida State, Marshall, Miami, Syracuse and Virginia Tech; road contests at Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Syracuse and Virginia Tech
• UVA could meet NCAA Tournament teams Butler, Florida and Oklahoma in Battle 4 Atlantis.
• Four opponents (Boston College, Middle Tennessee, Notre Dame and Louisville) participated in the 2018 National Invitation Tournament.
Virginia Picked Second in the ACC
• Virginia was picked to finish second in the ACC preseason poll.
• The Cavaliers, who were picked sixth and finished first last season, have finished at or higher than their predicted finish in nine of the last 10 seasons.
• Duke is the preseason favorite, followed by Virginia, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, NC State, Notre Dame, Miami, Louisville, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Pittsburgh.
On The Horizon
• Virginia continues non-conference action against Coppin State on Friday, Nov. 16. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.