CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 16 Virginia (9-2) hosts Navy (7-4) in nonconference action Sunday (Dec. 29). Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
• No. 16 Virginia concludes its nonconference schedule with its 46th meeting against Navy.
• The Cavaliers have not lost back-to-back games since dropping a home game vs. Duke (65-55) and road game at North Carolina (65-41) in the 2016-17 season.
• The Cavaliers have held a Division I leading eight opponents to fewer than 50 points and three foes to fewer than 40 points.
• UVA’s No. 16 ranking is its lowest since a No. 16 ranking on Dec. 11, 2017.
• The Virginia-Navy 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 263-91 (.743) mark in 11 seasons at Virginia and 332-124 (.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 is 140-38 (.787) in non-conference action (78-7 at JPJ), 123-53 (.699) in ACC play and 149-27 (.847) at home under Bennett.
All-Time vs. Navy
• Virginia is 14-31 all-time against Navy, including a 6-1 mark in Charlottesville, in the series that dates back to the 1909-10 season.
• The Cavaliers have a seven-game winning streak against the Midshipmen, including a 67-42 win in the last meeting between the teams on Nov. 19, 2013 at John Paul Jones Arena.
• UVA lost the first 14 games in the series and didn’t post its first win against Navy until a 25-24 win in 1935.
• UVA has scored 67 or more points in each of the last four meetings.
Last Time vs. the Midshipmen
• Virginia defeated Navy, 67-42, on Nov. 19, 2013 at JPJ.
• Anthony Gill led UVA with a career-high 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor as four Cavaliers landed in double figures in scoring.
• Joe Harris added 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Mike Tobey and Malcolm Brogdon added 13 points apiece.
• UVA shot a season-high 56.6 percent (30-of-53) from the floor, but struggled at 20 percent (3-of-15) from 3-point land and 36.4 percent (4-of-11) from the charity stripe.
• Virginia dominated the glass for the fourth straight game, outrebounding the Midshipmen 40-19.
All-Time vs. the Patriot League
• Virginia has a 36-34 all-time record vs. current Patriot League members (14-31 vs. Navy, 7-0 vs. Loyola (Md.), 5-1 vs. American, 3-0 vs. Army, 3-0 vs. Lehigh, 2-1 vs. Lafayette and 2-1 vs. Bucknell).
• The Cavaliers are 3-0 vs. Patriot League opponents under head coach Tony Bennett, defeating Navy (67-42) and Lehigh (80-54 and 75-54).
There’s No Place Like Home
• Virginia is 187-43 (.813), including a 6-1 mark in 2019-20, in 14 seasons at John Paul Jones Arena.
• South Carolina recently ended UVA’s 22-game home nonconference winning streak.
• UVA was 15-1 at JPJ last season and is 149-27 (.847), including a 114-12 (.905) mark the past eight seasons, at home under head coach Tony Bennett.
• Virginia is an ACC-leading 58-6 (.906) 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 in the National Rankings
• As of Dec. 28, Virginia ranks first in the nation in scoring defense (46.5), field goal percentage defense (34.2) and personal fouls per game (11.9), second in fewest fouls (131) and 18th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.0).
UVA Ranked No. 16 in Latest AP Poll
• UVA is ranked No. 16 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 13 in the USA Today Coaches’ poll.
• UVA has been ranked in the AP poll for 42 straight weeks and has been ranked in the top 10 in 37 of the last 39 polls.
Holding Foes Under 50
• UVA is 8-0 when limiting opponents to fewer than 50 points.
• UVA is 95-2 when achieving the mark in the Tony Bennett era.
• Bennett-coached teams are 120-3 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
• Jair Bolden scored a game-high 22 points to lead South Carolina to a 70-59 win over then-No. 9 Virginia on Dec. 22 at JPJ.
• The Gamecocks led 33-24 at halftime and overcame a 16-3 second-half run by the Cavaliers to improve to 8-4.
• A.J. Lawson added 14 points, Justin Minaya tallied 12 points and Keyshawn Bryant chipped in 10 points for South Carolina.
• Mamadi Diakite led Virginia with a career-high 21 points.
• UVA committed a season-high 19 turnovers.
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 (6.4), while Clark is averaging 9.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and a team-high 5.3 assists.
• Key is averaging 8.8 points and a team-high 7.0 rebounds.
• Huff has tallied 9.2 points and 6.5 rebounds and is tied with Diakite with a team-high 13 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 4.9 points.
• Stattmann is averaging 5.4 points, including seven points against North Carolina and Stony Brook.
• Woldetensae has started seven games and drilled a trio of 3-pointers against North Carolina.
• Justin McKoy chipped in six points on 3 of 3 shooting off the bench at Purdue and four points and five rebounds vs. North Carolina.
• Francisco Caffaro has started the last two contests after contributing 10 points and seven rebounds against North Carolina.
• Walk-on Chase Coleman has averaged 6.0 minutes backing up point guard Kihei Clark, while Jayden Nixon has played in four games.
• Forward Kadin Shedrick is redshirting this season, while Sam Hauser will sit out the season after transferring from Marquette.
On The Horizon
• No. 16 Virginia returns to ACC action against Virginia Tech on Saturday, Jan 4. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 2 p.m. on Regional Sports Networks.