CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 3 Virginia (22-2, 10-2 ACC) plays at in-state rival No. 20 Virginia Tech (20-5, 9-4 ACC) in a Commonwealth Clash Monday (Feb. 18). Tipoff at Cassell Coliseum is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN.
• Virginia is tied for second in the ACC at 10-2, while Virginia Tech is tied for fourth at 9-4.
• UVA is 6-2 vs. ranked opponents (both losses vs. Duke).
• The Virginia-Virginia Tech game is part of the Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529, which is a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams of the Cavaliers and Hokies.
• The Virginia-Virginia Tech 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 241-88 (.733) mark in 10 seasons at Virginia and 310-121 (.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. 3 in AP Poll
• UVA is ranked No. 3 in the latest AP poll.
• UVA has been ranked in the AP top six in 25 consecutive polls.
• UVA has been ranked in the AP for 31 straight polls and has been ranked in the top 10 in each of the past 27 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
• Kyle Guy tallied 22 points and De’Andre Hunter recorded his third career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds as No. 4 Virginia defeated Notre Dame 60-54 on Feb. 16.
• Guy went 7 of 15 from the field, including 4 of 10 from 3-point range, for his 11th career 20-point game.
• Guy also iced the win by canning four of four free throws down the stretch.
• UVA limited Notre Dame to 34.5 percent shooting, including 26.7 percent (8 of 30) from 3-point range.
• T.J. Gibbs led the Fighting Irish with 17 points and John Mooney added 11 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
• The Cavaliers out-rebounded Notre Dame 36-33 and went 14 of 17 from the charity stripe in their 12th home win.
All-Time vs. Virginia Tech
• Virginia is 92-56 all-time vs. Virginia Tech, including a 21-30 mark in Blacksburg, in the series that dates back to 1914-15.
• The Cavaliers are 5-2 in their last seven games at Cassell Coliseum, including a 78-52 win at Virginia Tech last season, marking its largest margin of victory against the Hokies in Blacksburg.
• UVA is 4-3 in its last seven games against Virginia Tech with two of the six contests decided in overtime.
• The Cavaliers are 7-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Hokies.
• Head coach Tony Bennett is 13-6 all-time vs. Virginia Tech.
Last Time vs. the Hokies
• De’Andre Hunter tallied 21 points and Ty Jerome added 14 points and career-high 12 assists to lead No. 4 Virginia past then-No. 9 Virginia Tech 81-59 on Jan. 15.
• Kyle Guy added 15 points as UVA went 13 of 24 from 3-point range.
• UVA made 10 of 14 3-points to jump to a 44-22 halftime lead.
• Kihei Clark added nine points on a trio of 3-pointers.
Five Cavaliers Among ACC Leaders
• As of Feb. 18, Kyle Guy ranks first in the ACC in 3-pointers (3.0), third in 3-point percentage (43.6%), eighth in minutes (34.1) and 12th in scoring (15.1).
• Ty Jerome ranks third in assists (5.1) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.9), fourth in 3-point percentage (42%) and 17th in minutes
• De’Andre Hunter ranks third in field goal percentage (53.4%), ninth in free throw shooting (78.4%) and 13th in scoring (15.0).
• Mamadi Diakite ranks ninth in blocked shots (1.46) and Braxton Key ranks 19th in rebounding (6.0).
On the Horizon
• No. 4 Virginia travels to No. 16 Louisville on Saturday, Feb. 23. Tipoff at KFC Yum! Center is set for Noon on Raycom.