CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No. 8 Virginia (18-4, 10-3 ACC) hosts Duke (17-7, 8-5 ACC) in ACC action Saturday (Feb. 11). Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 4 p.m. on ESPN.
• No. 8 Virginia (18-4) is tied for first in the ACC at 10-3, while Duke (17-7) is sixth at 8-5.
• Virginia hosts Duke as an unranked opponent for the first time since Jan. 13, 1996.
• Jayden Gardner has led the Cavaliers in scoring in the each of the past four games and is averaging 18.3 points and 7.3 rebounds during that span.
• UVA has limited 38 consecutive ACC opponents to fewer than 70 points at John Paul Jones Arena.
• UVA ranks first nationally in assist/turnover ratio (1.79), fourth in turnovers per game (9.1), 10th in scoring defense (60.4 ppg), 18th in assists per game and fouls per game (14.1), 23rd in 3-point percentage (38%), 30th in turnover margin (3.2) and 40th in scoring margin (9.6).
• The Virginia-Duke game will be televised on ESPN 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 334-121 (.734) mark in 14 seasons at UVA and 403-153 (.725) career mark in 17 seasons as a head coach.
• Bennett passed Terry Holland (326-173, 16 seasons) as the all-time winningest coach at UVA with the win over Syracuse (1/7/23).
• Bennett recorded his 400th career win at Wake Forest (1/21/23).
• 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. 8 in Latest AP Poll
• UVA is ranked No. 8 in the latest AP national poll and has been ranked in the top-20 in all 14 polls.
• UVA’s No. 2 ranking on Dec. 12 as UVA’s highest since spending the last four weeks at No. 2 in 2018-19.
• UVA returned to the top-5 for the first time on Nov. 21 since a No. 4-preseason ranking in 2020-21.
• 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.
About The Cavaliers
• UVA returned all five starters from last season’s team, which finished 21-14, 12-8 ACC (sixth) and advanced to the NIT.
• 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.
• Kihei Clark (11.4 ppg, 6.0 apg), Reece Beekman (10.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.1 apg), Jayden Gardner (11.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg), Armaan Franklin (12.2 ppg, 39.5% 3FG) and Ben Vander Plas (7.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg) have started the past seven games.
• Isaac McKneely (6.7 ppg, 43.7% 3FG), Ryan Dunn (2.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.1 bpg), Kadin Shedrick (7.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.4 bpg), Francisco Caffaro (1.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg) and Taine Murray (1.5 ppg) provide depth off the bench.
• UVA used the starting lineup of Clark, Beekman, Franklin, Gardner and Shedrick in 14 games.
All-Time vs. Duke
• UVA meets Duke for the 177th meeting overall and 77th tilt in Charlottesville in a series that dates to 1910-11.
• UVA is 53-123 all-time vs. Duke, including a 35-41 home mark.
• UVA is 2-3 in its last five games vs. Duke and 3-7 in its last 10.
• Six of the last seven meetings have been decided by four points or less.
• Head coach Tony Bennett is 5-13 all-time against Duke at UVA.
Last Time vs. The Blue Devils
• Kihei Clark scored a career-high 25 points, but No. 7 Duke edged Virginia 65-61 in ACC action on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at John Paul Jones Arena.
• Jeremy Roach scored 15 points off the bench for the Blue Devils and A.J. Griffin added 13.
• Jayden Gardner tallied 16 points and Reece Beekman chipped in 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Cavaliers.
• Duke outrebounded UVA 33-31 and owned a 28-20 advantage in the paint.
• Shooting guard Armaan Franklin (26, 25, 21, 20, 20) leads Virginia with five 20-point games, while Jayden Gardner (26, 20), Kihei Clark (20) and Ben Vander Plas (20) have also registered 20-point efforts.
• Franklin has led UVA in scoring in eight contests this season and reached 1,000 career points vs. Boston College.
• Franklin registered his first career double-double with 25 points and career-best 10 rebounds at Wake Forest.
• Gardner has a pair of double-doubles (12 points, 11 rebounds at Michigan and 20 points and 10 rebounds at Virginia Tech).
• Gardner scored his 2,000th point vs. NC Central and snared his 1,000th career rebound vs. Syracuse on Jan. 3.
• Gardner has registered double figures in scoring in five of the last six games.
• Isaac McKneely matched a career high with four 3-pointers vs. Syracuse and has made at least one 3-pointer in 18 games.
• McKneely has a scored six or more points in each of the past six games and is shooting 56.8 percent (25 of 44) from 3-point range during his 11-game 3-pointer streak.
• Reece Beekman is averaging 15 points, 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds in his last two games.
• Beekman is shooting career bests from 3-point range (43.1%) and charity stripe (82.3%).
• Ryan Dunn has registered four games with three blocks.
Last Time Out
• No. 8 Virginia (18-4, 10-3 ACC) held No. 22 NC State (19-6, 9-5 ACC) to 33 percent shooting and forced 12 turnovers as the Cavaliers defeated the Wolfpack, 63-50, at John Paul Jones Arena Tuesday night (Feb. 7).
• The win marked UVA’s 11th at home this season, including sixth in league play.
• The Cavaliers sustained a lead for nearly 38 minutes of game time and led by as many as 20 points early in the second half.
• For the fourth consecutive game, Virginia was led in scoring by Jayden Gardner (18 points, 6-12 FG, 6-6 FT).
• Reece Beekman (15 points, 6-11 FG) and Kadin Shedrick (10 points, 6 rebounds) also scored in double figures for the Hoos.
• Terquavion Smith led the Wolfpack with 19 points and former Cavalier Casey Morsell added 18 points.
On The Horizon
• No. 8 Virginia travels to Louisville on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Tipoff at KFC Yum! Center is set for 7 p.m. on ESPNU.