CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 3 Virginia (20-2, 8-2 ACC) travels to No. 8 North Carolina (19-4, 9-1 ACC) in ACC action Monday (Feb. 11). Tipoff at the Smith Center is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN.
• Virginia is 5-2 vs. ranked opponents (both losses vs. Duke).
• UVA is 6-1 in true road games.
• The Cavaliers have not lost back-to-back games since dropping a home game vs. Duke (65-55) and road game at North Carolina (65-41) in the 2016-17 season.
• UVA’s three-game winning streak vs. North Carolina is its longest since a four-game winning streak from 2001-03.
• The Virginia-North Carolina game will be televised on ESPN and 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 239-88 (.731) mark in 10 seasons at Virginia and 308-121 (.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
• UVA is ranked No. 4 in the latest AP poll.
• UVA has been ranked in the AP top six in 24 consecutive polls.
• UVA has been ranked in the AP for 30 straight polls and has been ranked in the top 10 in each of the past 26 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.
Last Time Out
• RJ Barrett scored 26 points and Zion Williamson added 18 points as No. 2 Duke defeated then-No. 3 Virginia 81-71 on Feb. 9 in Charlottesville.
• Cam Reddish added 17 points as Duke defeated Virginia for the second time this season.
• Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy led the Cavaliers (20-2, 8-2 ACC) with 16 points each.
• Braxton Key snatched a season-high 10 rebounds as UVA out-rebounded Duke 28-25.
• Mamadi Diakite tallied seven first-half points before exiting the first half with an injury.
• The Blue Devils shot 13 of 21 from 3-point range, most vs. UVA since allowing 13 at Pitt on Jan. 4, 2017.
• Duke shot 57.8 percent from the field, best vs. Virginia since Washington shot 58 percent on Nov. 22, 2010.
All-Time vs. North Carolina
• UVA is 56-131 all-time vs. UNC in the series that began in 1910-11.
• UVA is 35-44 all-time against the Tar Heels in Charlottesville, including a 5-4 mark at John Paul Jones Arena.
• The Cavaliers have won five of the last six regular-season meetings between the teams.
• UVA is 3-2 against UNC in its last five games and 5-5 in its last 10.
• Tony Bennett is 8-8 all-time vs. North Carolina, including a loss as head coach of Washington State in the 2008 NCAA Sweet 16.
Last Time vs. the Tar Heels
• MVP Kyle Guy scored 16 points and Devon Hall added 15 as No. 1 seed Virginia claimed its third ACC Tournament championship with a 71-63 win over No. 6 seed North Carolina on March 10, 2018.
• Ty Jerome added 12 points, six rebounds and six assists as regular-season and tournament champion UVA finished 20-1 against ACC competition.
• UVA ended a seven-game postseason losing streak to North Carolina, holding the Tar Heels scoreless for more than five minutes during the second half in the win.
• UNC was led by Luke Maye’s 20 points and Joel Berry II added 17.
• UVA held the Tar Heels to a pair of fastbreak points and owned an 18-6 advantage in bench scoring.
UVA in the National Statistical Rankings
• As of Feb. 10, UVA ranks first nationally in scoring defense (54.1 ppg) and fewest turnovers (203), second in turnovers per game (9.2) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.5%), third in scoring margin (20.0), fifth in field goal percentage defense (37.8%), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.57), seventh in winning percentage (90.9%), eighth in fewest fouls (333), ninth in 3-point field goal percentage (39.6%),19th in free throw percentage (76%), 20th in rebound margin (6.7) and personal fouls per game (15.1).
Five Cavaliers Among ACC Leaders
• As of Feb. 10, Kyle Guy ranks first in the ACC in 3-pointers (2.9), third in 3-point percentage (43.2%), eighth in minutes (33.7) and 14th in scoring (14.6).
• Ty Jerome ranks third in assists (4.9) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.9), fourth in 3-point percentage (40.6%) and 18th in minutes (32).
• De’Andre Hunter ranks third in field goal percentage (52.5%) and 15th in scoring (14.5).
• Mamadi Diakite ranks 10th in blocked shots (1.3) and Braxton Key ranks 18th in rebounding (6.1).
On the Horizon
• No. 4 Virginia hosts Notre Dame on Saturday, Feb. 16. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 2 p.m. on Raycom. The Cavaliers defeated Notre Dame 82-55 on Jan. 26.