CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia (20-7, 12-5 ACC) hosts No. 7 Duke (23-5, 13-4 ACC) in ACC action Saturday (Feb. 29). Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN.
• Virginia has clinched a double bye in the ACC Tournament for the third straight year and sixth in the last seven years.
• UVA (12-5) is fourth in the ACC, while Duke (13-4) is third.
• The Cavaliers are 2-2 vs. ranked foes in 2019-20.
• UVA extended its school-record for 20-win seasons to nine straight years.
• The Virginia-Duke game will be televised on ESPN 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 274-96 (.741) mark in 11 seasons at Virginia and 343-129 (.727) 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 133-58 (.696) in ACC play, 155-29 (.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 .696, among ACC head coaches with 100 or more ACC regular-season wins.
There’s No Place Like Home
• Virginia is 193-45 (.811), including a 12-3 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 154-29 (.842), including a 120-14 (.896) mark the past eight seasons, under Tony Bennett.
• Virginia is an ACC-leading 63-8 (.887) in league home games over the past seven seasons. Duke is second at 62-9 (.873).
• UVA has won 11 or more home games for 11 straight seasons.
All-Time vs. Duke
• UVA meets Duke for the 173rd meeting overall and 75th tilt in Charlottesville in a series that dates back to 1910-11.
• UVA is 51-121 all-time vs. Duke, including a 34-40 record in Charlottesville.
• Duke swept two games vs. UVA in 2018-19, winning 72-70 in Durham and 81-71 in Charlottesville.
• Duke has a three-game winning streak at John Paul Jones Arena.
• UVA is 1-4 in its last five games vs. Duke and 3-7 in its last 10.
• Three of the last five meetings have been decided by two points or less.
• Head coach Tony Bennett is 3-11 all-time against Duke at UVA.
• UVA’s road win at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 2017-18 gave Bennett a road win at every Pac-10 (now Pac-12) and ACC school.
Last Time vs. the Blue Devils
• RJ Barrett scored 26 points and Zion Williamson added 18 points as then-No. 2 Duke defeated then-No. 3 Virginia 81-71 on Feb. 9, 2019, in Charlottesville.
• Cam Reddish added 17 points as Duke defeated Virginia for the second time in 2018-19.
• Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy led the Cavaliers with 16 points each.
• Braxton Key snatched a then-season-high 10 rebounds as UVA outrebounded Duke 28-25.
• Mamadi Diakite tallied seven first-half points before exiting the first half with an injury.
• The Blue Devils shot 13 of 21 from 3-point range, and its 57.8 percent from the field was the best vs. UVA since Washington shot 58 percent against the Cavaliers on Nov. 22, 2010.
UVA in the National Rankings
• As of Feb. 27, Virginia ranks first in the nation in scoring defense (52.7), second in field goal percentage defense (37.2), third in fewest fouls (363), fourth in personal fouls per game (13.4), 24th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (29.4), 29th in blocks per game (4.7) and 39th in total blocks (126).
UVA Receives Votes in National Polls
• UVA received votes in the latest AP and USA Today Coaches’ poll.
• UVA, which has been unranked in seven 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.
Last Time Out
• Kihei Clark’s tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds remaining lifted Virginia to a 56-53 win at Virginia Tech on Feb. 26.
• Mamadi Diakite led the Cavaliers with a game-high 19 points and six rebounds, and Braxton Key and Clark each chipped in 10 points, respectively.
• Virginia led 26-11 at the half, but the Hokies stormed back to take a 47-46 lead by making seven of 11 3-pointers in the second half.
• Key added a game-high 11 rebounds for his third double-double.
• The Cavaliers shot 42.9 percent from the field and outrebounded the Hokies 34-23.
• Landers Nolley II led Virginia Tech (15-13, 6-11 ACC) with 13 points.
On The Horizon
• Virginia travels to Miami on Wednesday, March 4. Tipoff at Watsco Center is set for 9 p.m. on ACC Network.