CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 3 Virginia (7-0) hosts JMU (7-2) in nonconference action on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 8 p.m. on ACC Network.
• Virginia is 7-0 for the first time since starting 7-0 in 2019-20.
• UVA is 7-0 for the sixth time in the past nine seasons.
• UVA ranks fourth nationally in 3-point percentage (42.3%) and free throws made per game (19.4), 10th in turnovers per game (9.9) and free throw attempts per game (26.4), 11th in assist/turnover ratio (1.57) and 23rd in scoring defense (59.0 ppg).
• The Virginia-JMU game will be televised on ACC Network and streamed online at WatchESPN.com.
• The game will also be broadcast on 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
• Dean and Markel Families Head Men’s Basketball Coach Tony Bennett has a 323-117 (.734) mark in 14 seasons at UVA and 392-150 (.723) career mark in 17 seasons as a head coach.
• Bennett needs four wins to pass Terry Holland (326-173, 16 seasons) as the all-time winningest coach at UVA.
• Bennett needs eight wins to reach 400 career wins.
• Bennett has guided the Cavaliers to five ACC regular-season titles (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2021), two ACC Tournament titles (2014 and 2018) and one NCAA national championship (2019).
• The three-time National (2007, 2015 and 2018) and four-time ACC Coach of the Year (2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019) guided UVA to its 10th consecutive postseason berth in 2021-22.
UVA Ranked No. 3 in Latest AP Poll
• UVA is ranked No. 3 in the latest AP national poll.
• The No. 3 ranking is UVA’s highest since 2018-19.
• UVA returned to the top-5 for the first time last week since a No. 4-preseason ranking in 2020-21.
• The Cavaliers’ last top-5 ranking during the regular season was on Dec. 2, 2019.
• The Cavaliers were ranked No. 18 in the AP Preseason poll.
• UVA was ranked in the preseason AP top-25 for the fifth straight year and ninth in the last 10 seasons under Tony Bennett.
About The Cavaliers
• UVA returns all five starters from last season’s team, which finished 21-14, 12-8 in the ACC (sixth) and advanced to the NIT quarterfinals.
• We play defense, take quality shots, pass the basketball, limit turnovers and transition points, rebound and play more defense.
• The Cavaliers return 91.4 percent of its scoring from last season, most among all NCAA Division I teams (Portland 91.1%, Dayton 89.4% and Penn 88.5%).
• Returning starters Kihei Clark (10.7 ppg, 4.7 apg), Reece Beekman (11.1 ppg, 5.1 apg, 1.7 spg), Jayden Gardner (11.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg), Kadin Shedrick (10.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.7 spg) and Armaan Franklin (11.4 ppg, 40.6% 3FG) have started all seven games for the Cavaliers.
• Transfer Ben Vander Plas (8.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg), freshmen Isaac McKneely (4.4 ppg, 42.9% 3FG) and Ryan Dunn (3.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg), Francisco Caffaro (2.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg) and Taine Murray (2.7 ppg) provide depth.
• Isaac Traudt and Leon Bond III are redshirting this season.
All-Time vs. JMU
• Virginia is 11-1 all-time against JMU in the series that dates back to the 1977-78 season.
• The Cavaliers are 7-0 against the Dukes in Charlottesville, including a 65-34 win in the last meeting between the teams at JPJ in 2019.
• JMU snapped UVA’s 11-game winning streak in the series with last year’s 52-49 win in Harrisonburg.
• Virginia head coach Tony Bennett is 3-1 all-time against JMU.
Last Time vs. The Dukes
• For the first time in series history, James Madison (8-3) defeated Virginia (6-4) 52-49 on Dec. 7, 2021, at Atlantic Union Bank Center.
• The Dukes held UVA to just 14 points in the first half – the lowest point total in any half by the Cavaliers under the Tony Bennett era.
• UVA jumped to a 10-2 advantage before JMU closed out the first half on a 22-4 run, which included 15 unanswered points, during the final 11:26 of the opening half.
• Virginia shot 27 percent (6-for-22) from the field in the first half.
• Jayden Gardner led the Virginia effort with a game-high 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting and added a season-high 14 rebounds.
• Not a single JMU player scored in double figures, but eight different players registered points for the Dukes.
• UVA is averaging 74.6 points per game, which is the highest in the Tony Bennett era.
• UVA scored 70 or more points in its first six games for the first time since starting the 2003-04 season with eight games of 70 or more points.
• UVA scored at least 70 points in six straight games for the first time since December of 2014.
• UVA is 150-11 when scoring 70 or more points under Bennett.
• The Cavaliers are shooting 50 percent from the field, including 45.2 from 3-point range and 72.3 from the charity stripe.
• UVA shot 44.9 percent from the field, including 32.3 percent from 3-point range, last season.
Last Time Out
• No. 3 Virginia (7-0, 1-0 ACC) held on to defeat Florida State (1-9, 0-1 ACC), 62-57, in its 2022-23 ACC opener at John Paul Jones Arena Dec. 3.
• The Cavaliers led by 10 points with under 2 minutes to play and FSU shrank the UVA lead to as little as three points with seven seconds to play, but Virginia made its last seven free throw attempts to close out the game.
• Kihei Clark scored a game-high 18 points on 4-of-9 shooting and went 9-for-10 at the charity stripe.
• Jayden Gardner (10 points, 5-9 FG) also scored in double figures for the Cavaliers and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, including five on the offensive end of the floor.
On The Horizon
• No. 3 Virginia hosts top-ranked Houston on Saturday, Dec. 17. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 2 p.m. on ESPN2.