CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 4 Virginia (14-0, 2-0 ACC) hits the road for an ACC contest at Clemson (10-5, 0-2 ACC) on Saturday (Jan. 12). Tipoff at Littlejohn Coliseum is set for Noon on Raycom.
• Virginia meets Clemson for the lone time this season.
• UVA aims for its 12th straight ACC road win, nation-leading 13th straight true road win and ninth straight win vs. Clemson.
• The Cavaliers have started 14-0 for the first time since starting 19-0 in 2014-15.
• ACC Player of the Week Kyle Guy has a 14-game 3-point streak.
• The Virginia-Clemson game will be televised on Raycom and streamed online on TheACC.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 233-86 (.731) mark in 10 seasons at Virginia and 302-119 (.718) career mark in 13 seasons.
• Bennett became the 80th active Division I head coach to win his 300th career game against Marshall on Dec. 31, 2018.
• 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. 4 in AP Poll
• Virginia is ranked No. 4 in the AP poll for the third straight week and No. 1 in the Coaches Poll.
• The Cavaliers have been ranked in the top six in the AP poll for 10 consecutive weeks.
• UVA has been ranked in the AP poll for 26 straight weeks and has been ranked in the top 10 in each of the past 21 polls.
• UVA was ranked No. 5 in the preseason polls and has been ranked in the top 10 in the preseason rankings in four of the past five seasons.
• In 2017-18, Virginia became the fourth team in the Top 25 era to earn a No. 1 ranking after being unranked in the preseason.
On the Road in the ACC
• The Cavaliers’ 11-game league ACC road winning streak ranks tied for fourth (UNC’s 11-game streak from 1983-85) all-time in the ACC behind Duke’s 24-game streak (1998-2001) and 14-game streak (1962-64) and NC State’s 13-game streak (1972-74).
• UVA’s 11-game winning streak, includes a win at NC State in 2017 and ACC-record 9-0 road mark in 2018 and win at Boston College this season.
• The Cavaliers’ last ACC road loss was a 65-41 decision at North Carolina on Feb. 18, 2017.
Last Time Out
• Mamadi Diakite and De’Andre Hunter scored 18 points apiece to guide No. 4 Virginia to an 83-56 win at Boston College on Jan. 9.
• Ty Jerome added 13 points and Kyle Guy chipped in 10.
• Braxton Key tallied nine points and nine rebounds.
• UVA shot 60 percent and out-rebounded the Eagles 41-21.
• The Cavaliers went on a 16-0 run and held Boston College scoreless for 7:21 of the second half.
All-Time vs. Clemson
• Virginia is 76-52 all-time vs. Clemson, including a 24-35 road mark, in a series that dates back to 1935-36.
• UVA posted a pair of wins vs. Clemson (61-36 in Charlottesville and 64-58 in the ACC Tournament semifinals) in 2017-18.
• The Cavaliers have a two-game winning streak against the Tigers in Clemson, including a 77-73 win in their last trip to Littlejohn Coliseum in 2017.
• UVA has an eight-game winning streak in the series, limiting the Tigers to 42 or fewer points in three of the wins.
• The Cavaliers are 8-2 in their last 10 meetings against the Tigers.
• Head coach Tony Bennett is 10-3 all-time vs. Clemson.
Last Time vs. the Tigers
• Kyle Guy scored 15 points and then-No. 1 Virginia advanced to the 2018 ACC title game with a 64-58 victory over then-No. 19 Clemson on March 9, 2018.
• The top-seeded Cavaliers (30-2) got several crucial plays from role player Jack Salt down the stretch.
• Tigers leading scorer Marcquise Reed, who was averaging better than 16 points, was held to six on 2 of 14 shooting by the nation’s most suffocating defense.
• UVA built a 14-point lead with 13 minutes remaining and slowed the game down, but Clemson cut the deficit to five with 7:22 left.
• Salt scored all eight of his points and snatched six of his eight rebounds after halftime.
• Clemson got within four with 13.4 seconds left, but Devon Hall hit two free throws as Virginia closed it out.
Hoo Are These Cavaliers?
• Virginia is led by the quartet of Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy, De’Andre Hunter and Jack Salt.
• Jerome, Guy and Hunter have started all 14 games, while Salt has started 11 and is the team’s lone senior.
• Jerome, Guy or Hunter has led or tied for the UVA scoring lead in each of its 14 contests, accounting for 58 percent of the Cavaliers’ scoring.
• Alabama transfer Braxton Key leads the team in rebounding (5.7), while Mamadi Diakite has averaged 7.3 points and 3.4 rebounds.
• Newcomer Kihei Clark has started four games and is second on the team in assists (2.6). Clark broke his left wrist against Morgan State, but hasn’t missed a game while playing with a cast.
• Marco Anthony, Jay Huff, Kody Stattmann and Francesco Badocchi provide depth and Francisco Caffaro is redshirting the 2018-19 season.
• Manager Grant Kersey has appeared in seven home games.
UVA in the National Statistical Rankings
• As of Jan. 10, UVA ranks first nationally in scoring defense (51.8 ppg), turnovers per game (8.9), fewest turnovers (125) and winning percentage (100%), second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (25.1%) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.68), third in scoring margin (22.8), fifth in free throw percentage (78.1%), ninth in field goal percentage defense (37.5%), 10th in fewest fouls (217), 17th in 3-point field goal percentage (39.5%), 21st in personal fouls per game (15.5) and 22nd in turnover margin (4.3).
Quartet of Cavaliers Among ACC Leaders
• As of Jan. 10, Kyle Guy ranks first in the ACC in 3-pointers (3.1), third in 3-point percentage (47.3%), ninth in minutes (32.9) and 12th in scoring (15.4).
• Ty Jerome ranks third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8), fourth in assists (4.4), eighth in steals (1.9) and 3-point percentage (39.2%), 23rd in minutes (30.6) and 26th in scoring (13.5).
• De’Andre Hunter ranks eighth in free throw shooting (80.3%) and 23rd in scoring (14.1).
• Braxton Key ranks 23rd in rebounding (5.7).
On the Horizon
• No. 4 Virginia hosts in-state rival No. 9 Virginia Tech on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Tipoff for the Commonwealth Clash at John Paul Jones is set for 8 p.m. on Raycom.