CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 11 Virginia hosts JMU in its home opener on Sunday, Nov. 10. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is scheduled for 6 p.m. on ESPNU.
• UVA meets JMU for the first time since opening the 2014-15 season with a 79-51 win in Harrisonburg.
• The Cavaliers have won 22 straight home-opening games.
• UVA is 21-3 in its last 24 games against teams from Virginia.
• UVA is 73-6 at home in nonconference action under Tony Bennett.
• The Virginia-JMU game will be televised on ESPNU and streamed live on WatchESPN.com and ESPN app.
• The game will also be 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 four-time ACC Coach of the Year Tony Bennett has a 255-89 (.741) mark in 10 seasons at Virginia and 324-122 (.726) career mark in 14 seasons.
• In 2018-19, Bennett led the Cavaliers to their first NCAA national championship, a share of their ninth ACC regular-season title and school-record 35 wins.
• Bennett became the 80th active Division I head coach to win his 300th career game against Marshall on Dec. 31, 2018.
There’s No Place Like Home
• Virginia is 181-42 (.812), including a 15-1 mark in 2018-19, in 13 seasons at John Paul Jones Arena.
• UVA was 15-1 at JPJ last season and is 143-26 (.846), including a 108-11 (.908) mark the past seven seasons, at home under head coach Tony Bennett.
• Virginia is an ACC-leading 57-6 (.905) in league home games over the past seven seasons. Duke is second at 55-8 (.873).
• UVA has won 11 or more home games for 10 straight seasons.
• UVA has a 17-game nonconference home winning streak.
UVA Ranked No. 11/9 in Preseason Polls
• Virginia is ranked No. 11 in the Associated Press preseason poll and No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches’ preseason poll, respectively.
• UVA has been ranked in the top 25 in the preseason rankings in seven of the past eight seasons.
• Dating back to 2017-18, UVA has been ranked in the AP poll for 36 straight weeks and had been ranked in the top 10 in each of the past 31 polls.
• The Cavaliers have won 22 straight home-opening contests and are 10-0 in home openers under head coach Tony Bennett.
• Virginia’s last home-opening loss was against then-No. 12 Clemson, 62-52, on Dec. 7, 1996.
All-Time vs. JMU
• UVA is 10-0 all-time against JMU in the series that dates back to the 1977-78 season.
• The Cavaliers are 6-0 against the Dukes in Charlottesville, including a 61-41 win at JPJ in 2013.
• Virginia head coach Tony Bennett is 2-0 all-time against JMU, including a 79-51 win over the Dukes to tip-off the 2014-15 season in Harrisonburg.
Last Time vs. the Dukes
• Justin Anderson tallied a game-high 18 points to lead then-No. 9/8 Virginia to a 79-51 win at James Madison on Nov. 14, 2014.
• Anthony Gill added 15 points and Malcolm Brogdon had 14 points and a team-high four assists in the win.
• Devon Hall recorded five steals and Isaiah Wilkins had eight points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in their collegiate debuts.
• Virginia shot 58 percent from the floor, including a 69.2 percent (18-26) clip in the first half.
• The Cavaliers outscored the Dukes 36-8 in the paint and held a 38-27 edge in rebounds.
Last Time Out
• Kihei Clark tallied 10 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as No. 11 Virginia opened its season with a 48-34 road win at Syracuse on Nov. 6.
• UVA won its seventh straight season-opening game and 12th straight ACC opener (11-0 in ACC openers under Bennett).
• Jay Huff added 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for his first career double-double and Braxton Key added 10 rebounds as UVA had three players with 10 or more rebounds for the first time since 1993.
• Mamadi Diakite chipped in 12 points and six rebounds.
• UVA held its 24th opponent to fewer than 40 points in the Bennett era and are 24-0 in those contests.
• UVA out-rebounded Syracuse 47-28, but committed 16 turnovers.
• UVA shot 40.8 percent from the field and limited the Orange to 23.6 percent.
Hoo Are These Cavaliers?
• Mamadi Diakite, Kihei Clark, Braxton Key and Jay Huff headline Virginia’s top returnees from last season’s NCAA championship and ACC regular-season title team.
• Diakite started 22 games and is UVA’s top returning scorer at 7.4 points per game. Diakite averaged 10.5 points, 8.2 rebounds & 2.7 blocked shots in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
• Clark started 22 games and averaged 4.5 points and 2.6 assists during his freshman campaign.
• Key is UVA’s top returning rebounder (5.3 per game), while Huff (4.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg) showed promise during limited action in 2018-19.
• Kody Stattmann and newcomers Casey Morsell and Tomas Woldetensae will take the minutes left by Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy and De’Andre Hunter on the perimeter.
• Stattmann averaged 4.1 minutes in 18 games as a freshman, while Morsell tallied 17 points per game as a high school senior and Woldetensae averaged 17.3 points at Indian Hills Community College.
• Freshman Justin McKoy provides frontcourt depth, while
freshman walk-on Chase Coleman could earn minutes in the backcourt.
• Redshirt freshman Francisco Caffaro is out with a leg injury.
• Recruited walk-ons Austin Katstra and Jayden Nixon provide depth.
• Forward Kadin Shedrick is expected to redshirt this season, while Sam Hauser will sit out the season after transferring from Marquette.
On The Horizon
• No. 11 Virginia hosts Columbia in non-conference action on Saturday, Nov. 16. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for Noon on ACC Network.