CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 3 Virginia (23-2, 11-2 ACC) travels to No. 18 Louisville (18-9, 9-5 ACC) in ACC men’s basketball action Saturday (Feb. 23). Tipoff at KFC Yum! Center is set for Noon on Raycom.
• Virginia is tied for first in the ACC at 11-2, while Louisville is tied for sixth at 9-5.
• UVA is 7-2 vs. ranked opponents (both losses vs. Duke) and leads the nation with four road wins vs. ranked foes.
• The Cavaliers own a seven-game winning streak vs. Louisville, including a three-game winning streak at the KFC Yum! Center.
• Kyle Guy is the first Cavalier to have a three-game 20-point streak since Malcolm Brogdon from Feb. 12-27, 2016.
• The Virginia-Louisville 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 242-88 (.733) mark in 10 seasons at Virginia and 311-121 (.720) 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 in the National Statistical Rankings
• As of Feb. 21, UVA ranks first nationally in scoring defense (54.6 ppg), fewest turnovers (234) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (25.8%), third in turnovers per game (9.4), fourth in scoring margin (17.2), fewest fouls (365), and field goal percentage defense (37.7%), fifth in winning percentage (92%), sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (40%), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.54), 10th in personal fouls per game (14.6), 29th in rebound margin (5.7), 40th in free throw percentage (74.9) and 43rd in field goal percentage (47.4%).
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 scored 23 points and Ty Jerome added 16 points and six assists as No. 3 Virginia posted a 64-58 win at No. 20 Virginia Tech on Feb. 18.
• Guy tallied 17 points as the Cavaliers led 32-29 after 20 minutes.
• De’Andre Hunter added 10 points and helped limit Virginia Tech’s Nickeil Alexander-Walker to 11 points on 4 of 14 shooting.
• Braxton Key added a pair of 3-pointers in the second half as Virginia swept its series against the Hokies.
• Guy bagged six long balls as UVA went 11 of 27 from 3-point range. • Virginia limited Virginia Tech to 3 of 28 (10.7%) from distance.
All-Time vs. Louisville
• UVA is 13-4 all-time vs. Louisville in a series that began in 1923-24.
• UVA has a seven-game winning streak against Louisville and is 7-1 vs. the Cardinals in ACC action.
• The Cavaliers are 6-3 vs. the Cardinals in Louisville, including a win last season on De’Andre Hunter’s dramatic game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.
• UVA defeated Louisville three times last season – 74-64 in Charlottesville, 67-66 in Louisville and 75-58 in the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn.
• UVA has held Louisville to 59 or fewer points in seven of nine contests since the Cardinals joined the ACC in 2014-15.
• Tony Bennett is 8-1 vs. Louisville as head coach at Virginia.
Last Time vs. the Cardinals
• Kyle Guy and then-No. 1 Virginia looked like healthy favorites in their postseason debut, beating Louisville 75-58 in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
• Guy scored 19 points and the top-seeded Cavaliers (29-2) weathered a second-half charge. He shot 7 of 14 from the field – including 4 for 6 on 3-pointers – in 36 minutes.
• Guy also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, and his three-point play with 2:35 left made it 69-54 soon after Louisville had sliced the margin to four.
• Devon Hall had 14 points, Hunter had 12 points for the Cavaliers and Ty Jerome, from nearby New Rochelle in the suburbs, added 11.
• Diakite scored 10, helping UVA to a 42-16 advantage in the paint.
Five Cavaliers Among ACC Leaders
• As of Feb. 22, Kyle Guy ranks first in the ACC in 3-pointers (3.1), third in 3-point percentage (43.8%), eighth in minutes (34.2) and 11th in scoring (15.4).
• Ty Jerome ranks third in assists (5.1) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.9), fourth in 3-point percentage (42.4%) and 15th in minutes
• De’Andre Hunter ranks fourth in field goal percentage (53%) and 14th in scoring (14.8).
• Mamadi Diakite ranks ninth in blocked shots (1.48) and Braxton Key ranks 19th in rebounding (5.9).
On the Horizon
• No. 3 Virginia hosts Georgia Tech on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN2.