CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 5 Virginia (7-0) travels to Purdue (4-3) for a B1G/ACC Challenge contest on Wednesday (Dec. 4). Tipoff at Mackey Arena is set for 7:15 p.m. on ESPN2.
• UVA meets Purdue for the second time in the B1G/ACC Challenge.
• The Cavaliers are 2-1 all-time vs. the Boilermakers, including an overtime win in the 2019 NCAA Elite Eight.
• The Cavaliers have started 7-0 for the fourth straight season and increased their nation-leading November winning streak to 32 games dating back to 2015-16.
• UVA has a 21-game home nonconference winning streak and is 139-36 (.794) in non-league play under Tony Bennett.
• UVA has a seven-game road winning streak dating back to 2018-19.
• The Virginia-Purdue contest will be televised on ESPN2 and streamed live on WatchESPN.com and ESPN app.
• The game will also be broadcast the Virginia Sports Radio Network, 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 261-89 (.746) mark in 11 seasons at Virginia and 330-122 (.730) 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 All-Time in the B1G/ACC Challenge
• The Cavaliers have a 13-6 record, including a 6-4 road mark, in the B1G/ACC Challenge.
• Virginia has a five-game winning streak in the Challenge, defeating Maryland (2014 and 2019), Ohio State (2015 and 2016) and Wisconsin (2018).
• UVA defeated Maryland 76-71 in last year’s Challenge.
• Since its inception, the ACC is 12-5-3 in the Challenge and 127-98 in Challenge games.
• The ACC has not lost the Challenge since 2015 (won the event in 2016 and 2017, and tied in 2018).
• The ACC won 10 straight challenges from 1999-2008.
UVA in the National Rankings
• As of Dec. 2, Virginia ranks first in the nation in scoring defense (40.3), field goal percentage defense (28.8), personal fouls per game (10.7) and winning percentage (100.0), fourth in fewest fouls (75)and eighth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (24.7).
UVA Ranked No. 5 in Latest AP Poll
• UVA is ranked No. 5 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches’ poll.
• UVA has been ranked in the AP poll for 39 straight weeks and had been ranked in the top 10 in 35 of the last 36 polls.
Holding Foes Under 50
• UVA is 6-0 when limiting opponents to fewer than 50 points.
• UVA is 93-2 when achieving the mark in the Tony Bennett era.
• Bennett-coached teams are 118-3 when holding opponents to fewer than 50 points (25-1 in three years at Washington State).
• UVA is 3-0 when limiting opponents to fewer than 40 points (26-0 all-time under Bennett).
• UVA has three wins when scoring fewer than 50 points for the first time since 1981-82 (Maryland and NC State twice).
Last Time Out
• Mamadi Diakite scored 15 points and Jay Huff added 13 as then-No. 7 Virginia defeated Maine 46-26 in nonconference action on Nov. 27.
• Diakite had a game-high seven rebounds along with two steals.
• UVA forced 21 turnovers and outscored Maine 20-6 in the paint.
• Maine shot 18.6 percent (8-43), second lowest all-time for a Cavalier opponent.
• The 26 points allowed matched the fewest Virginia has allowed in the shot clock era (since 1985-86).
• The 46 points are the fewest scored by an AP-ranked team in a 20-point victory in poll history (since 1948-49).
Last Time vs. Purdue
• Kyle Guy scored 25 points and Ty Jerome added 24 as then-No. 1 seed Virginia topped then-No. 3 seed Purdue 80-75 in overtime the 2019 NCAA Elite Eight on March 30.
• Mamadi Diakite’s jump shot at the end of regulation sent the game to overtime as UVA overcame Carsen Edwards’ game-high 42 points.
• Kihei Clark delivered the game-tying assist to Diakite in regulation and the Cavaliers outscored the Boilermakers 10-5 in the extra session.
• Guy added 10 rebounds for his first career double-double and Diakite chipped in 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots.
• Edwards drilled 10 of 19 3-point attempts in his 42-point outburst.
• UVA went 17 of 20 from the charity stripe and outrebounded Purdue 39-31.
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 (13.9 ppg) and is third in rebounding (7.3), while Clark is averaging 9.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and a team-high 5.0 assists.
• Key is averaging 10.3 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds, and Huff has tallied 10.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and team-high 11 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.
• Morsell, who scored a career-high 19 points against Arizona State en route to all-tournament honors, is averaging 5.0 points.
• Stattmann is averaging 5.3 points, but has missed the last four games due to an illness.
• Woldetensae has started six games and had six rebounds in wins over Columbia and Vermont.
• Justin McKoy brings frontcourt depth, while walk-on Chase Coleman backs up point guard Kihei Clark.
• Francisco Caffaro has appeared in three contests.
• Walk-ons Austin Katstra and Jayden Nixon provide additional 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. 5 Virginia hosts No. 7 North Carolina in ACC action on Sunday, Dec. 8. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 4 p.m. on ACC Network.