CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 7 Virginia (4-0) plays UMass (5-0) in the Air Force Reserve Tip Off Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 23. Tipoff at Mohegan Sun Arena is scheduled for Noon on ESPNews.
• UVA meets UMass for the third time.
• The UVA-UMass game is part of the semifinal round of the Air Force Reserve Tip Off Tournament.
• The Cavaliers have captured championships in each of their last six November tournaments (Emerald Coast Classic, Charleston Classic, Barclays Center Classic, Corpus Christi Challenge, NIT Season Tip-Off and Battle 4 Atlantis).
• UVA is 136-36 (.791) in non-conference action under Tony Bennett.
• The Virginia-UMass game will be televised on ESPNews and streamed live on WatchESPN.com and ESPN app.
• The game will also be broadcast in the Charlottesville area on AM 1070 and 98.8 FM WINA and online at 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 258-89 (.744) mark in 11 seasons at Virginia and 327-122 (.728) 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.
• Bennett was named the USBWA Henry Iba National Coach of the Year for the third time in 2018 to rank second all-time behind legendary John Wooden, who captured the award six times.
UVA in the National Rankings
• As of Nov. 20, Virginia ranks first in the nation in in scoring defense (41.3), field goal percentage defense (28.2), personal fouls per game (9.5) and winning percentage (100.0), sixth in fewest fouls (38), 31st in defensive rebounds per game (31.3), 34th in rebound margin (10.0) and 40th in total blocks (22).
UVA Ranked No. 7 in Latest AP Poll
• Virginia is ranked No. 7 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches’ preseason poll.
• 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 37 straight weeks and had been ranked in the top 10 in 33 of the last 34 polls.
All-Time vs. UMass
• Virginia is 2-0 all-time against UMass with both wins coming at neutral sites.
• The Cavaliers posted a 71-56 win over UMass in the second round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament in Syracuse, N.Y.
• Cory Alexander tallied 17 points and current UVA associate head coach Jason Williford had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament win in 1993.
• Norman Nolan and Courtney Alexander led four players in double figures with 20 points each in the victory in Maui.
Last Time Out
• No. 7 Virginia edged Vermont 61-55 in nonconference action at John Paul Jones Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
• Mamadi Diakite matched a career high with 19 points and Kihei Clark tallied a career-best 15 points in the win.
• Braxton Key added 14 points and Jay Huff chipped in nine points and seven rebounds in his first career start.
• Anthony Lamb drilled seven 3-pointers en route to a game-high 30 points for Vermont.
• UVA trailed 49-48 with 5:25 left, but used a 9-0 run to pull away with its 20th-straight nonconference home win.
Hoo Are These Cavaliers?
• The quartet of Mamadi Diakite, Kihei Clark, Braxton Key and Jay Huff lead Virginia into action this season.
• Diakite leads UVA in scoring (15.8 ppg) and is second in rebounding (8.3), while Clark is averaging 10 points, 5.0 rebounds and a team-high 5.5 assists.
• Key is averaging 11 points and a team-high 8.8 rebounds, and Huff has tallied 11 points, 8.0 rebounds and team-high 1.7 blocks.
• Kody Stattmann and newcomers Casey Morsell and Tomas Woldetensae have absorbed the minutes left by Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy and De’Andre Hunter on the perimeter.
• Stattmann is averaging 5.3 points, while Morsell has averaged 26 minutes per game.
• Woldetensae missed the JMU game with a foot injury, but has grabbed six rebounds against Columbia and Vermont.
• Justin McKoy has provided additional frontcourt depth, while walk-on Chase Coleman backs up point guard Kihei Clark.
• Francisco Caffaro made his UVA debut against Columbia.
• Walk-ons Austin Katstra and Jayden Nixon provide more 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. 7 Virginia plays Arizona State or St. John’s in the Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Tournament championship (1 p.m.) or consolation (3:30 p.m.) on Sunday, Nov. 24.