CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia (17-7, 9-5 ACC) hosts Boston College (13-13, 7-8 ACC) in ACC action Wednesday (Feb. 19). Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 8 p.m. on ACC Network.
• Virginia and Boston College meet for the second time in 2019-20.
• The Eagles defeated the Cavaliers 60-53 in Chestnut Hill on Jan. 7.
• UVA (9-5) is fourth in the ACC, while Boston College (7-8) is tied for seventh.
• Mamadi Diakite was named ACC Player of the Week after averaging 17.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in a pair of wins last week.
• The Virginia-Boston College game will be televised on ACC Network 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 271-96 (.738) mark in 11 seasons at Virginia and 340-129 (.725) 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.
• UVA is 130-58 (.691) in ACC play, 154-29 (.842) at home and 141-38 (.788) in non-conference action (79-7 at JPJ) under Bennett.
• Bennett ranks fifth all-time in winning percentage at .691, among ACC head coaches with 100 or more ACC regular-season wins.
There’s No Place Like Home
• Virginia is 192-45 (.810), including an 11-3 mark in 2019-20, in 14 seasons at John Paul Jones Arena.
• South Carolina ended UVA’s 22-game home nonconference winning streak, while Syracuse ended the Cavaliers’ six-game home ACC winning streak.
• UVA was 15-1 at JPJ last season and is 153-29 (.841), including a 119-14 (.895) mark the past eight seasons, at home under head coach Tony Bennett.
• Virginia is an ACC-leading 62-8 (.886) in league home games over the past seven seasons. Duke is second at 61-9 (.871).
• UVA has won 11 or more home games for 11 straight seasons.
All-Time vs. Boston College
• Virginia is 15-8 all-time vs. Boston College, including an 11-8 ACC mark, in the series that dates back to 1971-72.
• The Eagles ended the Cavaliers’ six-game winning streak in the series with its 60-53 win on Jan. 7, but UVA has won eight of the last 10 games in the series.
• UVA is 8-2 against Boston College in Charlottesville, including a
five-game winning streak at John Paul Jones Arena.
• UVA has limited BC to 58 or fewer points in five of the last six meetings.
• Head coach Tony Bennett is 9-5 all-time against Boston College.
Last Time vs. the Eagles
• Jay Heath scored 17 points to lead Boston College to a 60-53 win over Virginia on Jan. 7 in Chestnut Hill.
• Braxton Key had 16 points and eight rebounds, Kihei Clark chipped in 12 points and Kody Stattmann added a career-best 11 points, for the Cavaliers
• UVA trailed 30-26 at the half, but used a 20-3 run to gain a 50-45 second-half lead.
• Jared Hamilton’s 3-pointer with 38 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner, giving the Eagles a 56-53 lead.
• UVA shot a season-low 32.7 percent from the field (17 of 52) and was just 3 of 16 from 3-point range.
• Jared Hamilton (16), Steffon Mitchell (10) and Jairus Hamilton (10) also landed in double figures for Boston College.
UVA in the National Rankings
• As of Feb. 17, Virginia ranks first in the nation in scoring defense (52.0), second in field goal percentage defense (36.7), fourth in fewest fouls (326), fifth in personal fouls per game (13.6) and 18th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (29.1).
UVA Receives Votes in National Polls
• UVA received votes in the latest AP and USA Today Coaches’ poll.
• UVA, which has been unranked in six straight polls, was unranked in the Jan. 13 AP poll for the first time since Nov. 20, 2017, ending its streak at 46 straight weeks in the national polls.
Holding Foes Under 50
• UVA is 11-0 when limiting opponents to fewer than 50 points.
• UVA is 98-2 when achieving the mark in the Tony Bennett era.
• Bennett-coached teams are 123-3 when holding opponents to fewer than 50 points (25-1 in three years at Washington State).
• UVA is 4-0 when limiting opponents to fewer than 40 points (27-0 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).
• The Cavaliers have held the Tar Heels to fewer than 50 points in three of the last five meetings between the teams.
Last Time Out
• Tomas Woldetensae buried a 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds remaining to lift Virginia (17-7, 9-5 ACC) to a 64-62 win at North Carolina on Feb. 15.
• Woldetensae drilled six 3-pointers to finish with a team-high 18 points.
• Mamadi Diakite added 15 points and Kihei Clark and Casey Morsell chipped in 10 points each as UVA won back-to-back road contests at North Carolina for the first time.
• UVA outscored UNC 17-0 in bench points, led by Morsell (10), Francisco Caffaro (4) and Kody Stattmann (3).
• Cole Anthony led the Tar Heels with a game-high 20 points and Amando Bacot had a game-high 16 rebounds.
• UVA shot 44.4 percent, including 42.9 percent from 3-point range (9 of 21).
On The Horizon
• Virginia travels to Pitt on Saturday, Feb. 22. Tipoff at Petersen Events Center is set for Noon on ESPN2.