CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 22 Virginia (5-2, 1-0 ACC) hosts Wake Forest (3-1, 0-1 ACC) in ACC action on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 9 p.m. on Regional Sports Networks and Virginia Sports Radio Network.
• No. 22 Virginia (5-2, 1-0 ACC) hosts Wake Forest in its ACC home opener.
• The Cavaliers return to action after capturing their 13th straight ACC opener at Notre Dame (66-57) on Dec. 30.
• Junior point guard Kihei Clark is averaging 14.5 points and 4.0 assists the past four games.
• The Virginia-Wake Forest game will be televised on Regional Sports Networks.
• 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.
• Join the Voice of the Cavaliers Dave Koehn and special guest Trey Murphy III for the “Wahoo Walkthrough” at 8 p.m. on the Virginia Sports App, VirginiaSports.com and select stations on the Virginia Sports Radio Network.
The Head Coach
• Three-time National and four-time ACC Coach of the Year Tony Bennett has a 282-98 (.742) mark in 12 seasons at Virginia and 351-131 (.728) career mark in 15 seasons.
• Bennett led the Cavaliers to their eighth straight season with 23 or more wins in 2019-20.
• 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 137-58 (.703) in ACC play (77-20 at home & 60-38 away) and 159-29 (.846) at home under Bennett.
All-Time vs. Wake Forest
• Virginia is 68-70 all-time vs. Wake Forest, including a 41-21 mark in Charlottesville, in the series that dates back to 1910-11.
• UVA has won eight straight and nine of the last 10 meetings in the series, including a 65-63 overtime win road win in 2019-20.
• The Cavaliers have scored 65 or more points in six of their last eight games (all wins) vs. the Demon Deacons.
• UVA has won the last five meetings between the teams in Charlottesville.
• Tony Bennett is 9-4 vs. Wake Forest as head coach at Virginia.
Last Time vs. the Demon Deacons
• Tomas Woldetensae drilled a career-high seven 3-pointers en route to 21 points as Virginia defeated Wake Forest 65-63 in overtime on Jan. 26, 2020.
• Mamadi Diakite added 16 points and Kihei Clark contributed 13 points, eight rebounds and a game-high seven assists for UVA.
• Andrien White had 21 points for Wake Forest, including three free throws with 1.7 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime.
• UVA outrebounded Wake Forest 42-39 and shot 36.5 percent.
• 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.
Hoo Are These Cavaliers?
• Kihei Clark, Sam Hauser and Jay Huff lead the Cavaliers into action against Virginia Tech.
• Clark, who has recorded 19 points in each of the past two games, is averaging 10.6 points and team-high 3.4 assists.
• Hauser leads the team in scoring (12.9 ppg) and rebounding (6.4 rpg), and is shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from 3-point range (13 of 35).
• Huff leads the team in blocked shots (2.4 bpg) and is second in scoring (11.7 ppg) and rebounding (6.0 rpg).
• Trey Murphy III (11.1 ppg) leads the team in 3-pointers (16) and 3-point percentage (51.6%).
• Reece Beekman has 14 assists and team-high nine steals.
• Justin McKoy has started four games and is averaging 4.9 points and 3.4 rebounds.
• Casey Morsell (5.7 ppg), Tomas Woldetensae (36.4% 3FG) and Kody Stattmann (4.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg) have shared minutes on the perimeter, while Kadin Shedrick (3.7 ppg & 3.3 rpg) has averaged 10.3 minutes off the bench in the frontcourt.
UVA Ranked No, 22 in Latest AP PolL
• Virginia is ranked No. 22 in the latest Associated Press poll.
• UVA was ranked No. 4 in both preseason polls, marking its third AP preseason top-5 ranking in school history (No. 1 in 1982-83 and No. 5 in 2018-19).
• UVA has been ranked in the top 25 in the preseason rankings in nine of the past 10 seasons.
• UVA has been ranked in the top 25 of the AP poll for nine straight weeks over the past two seasons.
Last Time Out
• Kihei Clark tallied 19 points and five assists to lead No. 23 Virginia to a 66-57 win at Notre Dame on Wednesday, Dec. 30.
• Sam Hauser added 13 points and team-high 10 rebounds, and Jay Huff chipped in 15 points and five rebounds as the Cavaliers won their 13th straight ACC opener.
• Justin McKoy sparked the bench with six points and six rebounds as UVA overcame a game-high 28 points from Notre Dame’s Nate Laszewski.
• UVA shot 46.6 percent from the field and outrebounded the Fighting Irish 35-31.
• The Cavaliers committed a season-low five turnovers.
On The Horizon
• No. 22 Virginia travels to Boston College on Saturday, Jan. 9. Tipoff at Conte Forum is set for 2 p.m. on ACC Network and Virginia Sports Radio Network.