CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 4 Virginia (21-2, 9-2 ACC) hosts Notre Dame (13-11, 3-8 ACC) in ACC men’s basketball action Saturday (Feb. 16). Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 2 p.m. on Raycom.
• Virginia meets Notre Dame for the second time this season.
• UVA is 11-1 at home and owns a two-game winning streak against Notre Dame.
• The Virginia-Notre Dame 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 240-88 (.732) mark in 10 seasons at Virginia and 309-121 (.719) 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
• De’Andre Hunter and Kyle Guy each scored 20 points to lead No. 4 Virginia to a 69-61 win at No. 8 North Carolina on Monday, Feb. 11.
• Ty Jerome added his second career double-double with 15 points and 11 assists as UVA improved to 7-1 in true road games.
• UVA held a 36-29 lead at halftime, but North Carolina used a 17-3 lead to gain a 49-43 lead before the Cavaliers closed the game on a 12-2 run.
• Coby White led North Carolina with 17 points and Cameron Johnson added 16.
• UVA shot 53.3 percent from the field, including 55 percent from beyond the arc (10 of 18).
• The Cavaliers held the Tar Heels to 35.4 percent shooting,
All-Time vs. Notre Dame
• Virginia is 12-2 all-time vs. Notre Dame, including a 7-0 ACC regular-season record, in the series that dates back to 1980-81.
• UVA is 4-0 against the Irish in Charlottesville and held a 10-game winning streak in the series prior to Notre Dame’s 71-58 win in the 2017 ACC Tournament.
• UVA has limited Notre Dame to 58 or fewer points in six of the last eight meetings.
• Head coach Tony Bennett is 8-1 all-time against Notre Dame, including a 61-41 win over the Fighting Irish as head coach at Washington State in the 2008 NCAA Tournament in Denver, Colo.
Last Time vs. the Fighting Irish
• De’Andre Hunter scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures as then-No. 3 Virginia routed Notre Dame 82-55 on Jan. 26 at Purcell Pavilion.
• Kyle Guy (15), Ty Jerome (13), Kihei Clark (12) and Mamadi Diakite (10) also reached double figures as UVA improved to 5-1 in true road contests.
• The Hoos jumped to a 12-0 lead and never trailed in the ACC win.
• Diakite matched career highs in blocked shots (4) and rebounds (7).
• The Cavaliers tied a school record with two turnovers and shot 52.2 percent from the field.
UVA in the National Statistical Rankings
• As of Feb. 14, UVA ranks first nationally in scoring defense (54.4 ppg), fewest turnovers (213) and turnovers per game (9.3), second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.7%), third in scoring margin (18.2), fifth in field goal percentage defense (37.7%), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.57) and winning percentage (91.3%), eighth in fewest fouls (344), seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (40.2%), 15th in personal fouls per game (15), 25th in rebound margin (5.9) and 35th in free throw percentage (75.1) and field goal percentage (47.9).
Five Cavaliers Among ACC Leaders
• As of Feb. 15, Kyle Guy ranks first in the ACC in 3-pointers (3.0), third in 3-point percentage (43.9%), ninth in minutes (33.8) and 13th in scoring (14.8).
• Ty Jerome ranks third in assists (5.2) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.1), fifth in 3-point percentage (41.3%) and 18th in minutes
• De’Andre Hunter ranks third in field goal percentage (53.3%) and 14th in scoring (14.7).
• Mamadi Diakite ranks ninth in blocked shots (1.43) and Braxton Key ranks 18th in rebounding (6.1).
On the Horizon
• No. 4 Virginia travels to in-state rival No. 22 Virginia Tech on Monday, Feb. 18. Tipoff for the Commonwealth Clash is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN.