CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 22 Virginia (22-7, 14-5 ACC) hosts Louisville (24-6, 15-4 ACC) in its regular-season finale on Saturday (March 7). Tipoff for Senior Day at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 4 p.m. on ESPN.
• UVA will honor Mamadi Diakite and Braxton Key and managers Grant Kersey, Dave Gent and Cameron Lange in a pre-game Senior Day ceremony.
• UVA (14-5) is tied for third in the ACC, while Louisville (15-4) is tied for first.
• The Cavaliers have a seven-game winning streak and have won 10 of their last 11 games.
• The Virginia-Louisville 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 276-96 (.742) mark in 11 seasons at Virginia and 345-129 (.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.
• UVA is 135-58 (.699) in ACC play (76-20 at home & 59-38 away), 156-29 (.843) 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 .699, among ACC head coaches with 100 or more ACC regular-season wins.
All-Time vs. Louisville
• UVA is 15-5 all-time vs. Louisville in a series that began in 1923-24.
• Louisville snapped UVA’s nine-game winning streak in the series with the 80-73 win on Feb. 8.
• UVA is 9-2 vs. the Cardinals in ACC action.
• The Cavaliers are 7-1 vs. the Cardinals in Charlottesville, including a 5-0 record at John Paul Jones Arena.
• UVA has held Louisville to 59 or fewer points in eight of 12 contests since the Cardinals joined the ACC in 2014-15.
• Tony Bennett is 10-2 vs. Louisville as head coach at Virginia.
Last Time vs. the Cardinals
• Tomas Woldetensae and Kihei Clark tallied career highs in points, but it wasn’t enough as Virginia suffered an 80-73 loss at then-No. 5 Louisville on Feb. 8.
• Woldetensae scored a game-high 27 points, including a blistering 7 of 10 from 3-point range.
• Virginia erased a 14-point halftime deficit (44-30) and grabbed its first lead at 70-68 after two free throws from Clark (23 points).
• Louisville outscored UVA 12-3 over the final 3:25.
• The Cavaliers tallied a season-high 73 points, but allowed a season-high 80 points in defeat.
• UVA posted season highs in 3-pointers (11) and 3-point percentage (53.1%).
• Jordan Nwora led three Cardinals in double figures with 22 points.
There’s No Place Like Home
• Virginia is 194-45 (.812), including a 13-3 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 155-29 (.843), including a 121-14 (.896) mark the past eight seasons, under Tony Bennett.
• Virginia is an ACC-leading 64-8 (.889) in league home games over the past eight seasons. Duke is second at 63-9 (.875).
• UVA has won 11 or more home games for 11 straight seasons.
UVA in the National Rankings
• As of March 5, Virginia ranks first in the nation in scoring defense (52.3), second in field goal percentage defense (36.9), third in fewest fouls (390), fourth in personal fouls per game (13.4), 14th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (29.0), 23rd in blocks per game (4.9) and 24th in total blocks (142).
UVA Returns to National Polls
• UVA is ranked No. 22 in the latest AP and USA Today Coaches’ poll.
• The ranking is UVA’s first since the Cavaliers were ranked 18th in the Jan. 6 AP poll.
• UVA was ranked 46 straight weeks from Nov. 20, 2017 through Jan. 6, 2017.
• The Cavaliers are 12-4 as a ranked team in 2019-20.
Last Time Out
• Jay Huff scored No. 22 Virginia’s first 17 points in a 46-44 win at Miami on Wednesday, March 4.
• Mamadi Diakite added 14 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double as the Cavaliers improved to 22-7, 14-5 ACC.
• Chris Lykes led Miami (14-15, 6-13 ACC) with 16 points before leaving the second half with an injury.
• Huff made seven of his first nine shots, and added nine rebounds.
• Kihei Clark’s (7 points, 4 assists) two free throws with 8.6 seconds left gave UVA the win.
• UVA outrebounded Miami 33-30.
On The Horizon
• No. 22 Virginia returns to action in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday, March 12. Opponent and tipoff time is TBA.