#5 UVa. finishes out ACC regular season at Maryland

uva-logo-new2#5 UVa. (25-5, 16-1 ACC) completes its ACC regular season at Maryland (16-14, 8-9 ACC) on Sunday, March 9. Tipoff at Comcast Center (17,950) is set for 12 p.m. Virginia clinched its sixth ACC regular-season title (second outright) and its second No. 1 seed for the ACC Tournament with its 75-56 win against Syracuse. The Cavaliers and Terrapins will meet for the final time in regular-season action as ACC opponents.

Broadcast Information
The Virginia-Syracuse game will be televised by CBS. The game will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network and Sirius (Channel 91) and XM (Channel 91) satellite radio stations. Live statistics are located on VirginiaSports.com, as well as the Virginia Sports app, which is available free of charge through iTunes. Fans can also follow the game via Twitter at @UVaMensHoops.

Ticket Information
The Virginia-Maryland game is sold out.

For Openers
Virginia has won 13 straight games and looks for its seventh consecutive win vs. Maryland.
Virginia clinched its sixth ACC regular-season title (second outright) and its second No. 1 seed for the ACC Tournament with its 75-56 win vs. Syracuse.
• Virginia’s 16-1 ACC record is a program-best and ties the ACC record for most league wins in a season (1998-99 Duke).
Malcolm Brogdon is the Co-ACC Player of the Week with North Carolina’s Marcus Paige.
• The Cavaliers rank No. 1 nationally in scoring defense at 54.8 ppg.
• UVa’s 25-5 record is its best through 30 games since 1982-83 (27-3).
• UVa is first in the ACC at 16-1 and Maryland is tied for eighth at 8-9.

A Win at Maryland Would…
• Give UVa an ACC record 17 league wins in a season.
• Give Virginia its first 14-game ACC winning streak.
• Give Virginia its first 14-game winning streak since 1981-82.
• Give Virginia 26 wins for the first time since winning 29 in 1982-83.
• Give Virginia 26 regular-season wins for the first time since winning 27 in 1981-82
• Extend Virginia’s school record to eight ACC road wins.
• Give Virginia 11 combined road/neutral wins for the first time since 1994-95.
• Extend Virginia’s series high winning streak to seven games vs. the Terrapins and give UVa its first seven-game winning streak against an ACC opponent since a seven-game streak vs. NC State in 1995-98.

Virginia in the Polls
Virginia is ranked No. 5 in the latest AP poll, marking its highest ranking since a No. 4 ranking on Dec. 31, 2001.
• No. 5/5 UVa is ranked for the fifth straight week after not being ranked for 11 straight weeks.
• Virginia’s No. 24 preseason AP ranking marked its first since being ranked No. 11 to start the 2001-02 season.
• The Cavaliers returned to the rankings this season for the first time since Feb. 27, 2012.

All-Time vs. Maryland
Virginia is 74-106 all-time vs. Maryland, including a 24-60 road record, in the series that dates back to 1912-13.
Virginia has a series best six-game winning streak vs. the Terrapins, including a 61-53 win earlier this season in Charlottesville.
• The Cavaliers are 5-6 vs. the Terrapins at Comcast Center, including a 3-0 mark in the last three contests.
Virginia defeated Maryland 80-69 last season at Comcast Center behind Justin Anderson’s 17 points and nine rebounds.
• The final ACC game in College Park marks another milestone game in the UVa-Maryland series that includes the final games at Cole Field House and University Hall.
• The Cavaliers are averaging 70.3 points per game and allowing 59.3 ppg during their six-game winning streak vs. Maryland.
• Head coach Tony Bennett is 6-3 all-time vs. Maryland.

Last Time vs. the Terrapins
Joe Harris had a game-high 19 points to lead Virginia past Maryland 61-53 on Feb. 10.
• The Cavaliers trailed 26-25 at the half, but outscored the Terrapins 36-27 in the second stanza to post their school record sixth straight win in the series.
Malcolm Brogdon added 14 points and Akil Mitchell had 13 points, six rebounds and three assists for UVa.
• Seth Allen led Maryland with 15 points and Dez Wells added 12.
• UVa limited Maryland to 40.4 percent shooting from the floor.

Last Time Out
Malcolm Brogdon had a career-high 19 points as Virginia secured its first outright ACC regular-season title since 1980-81 in a 75-56 win over then-No. 4 Syracuse on March 1.
Akil Mitchell added 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds and Mike Tobey and Justin Anderson had 11 points apiece.
• C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis led Syracuse with 13 points each, while Trevor Cooney added 12.
Virginia trailed 28-27 at the half, but outscored the Orange 48-28 in the second half to post the win.
• The Cavaliers shot 50 percent from the floor (27-of-54) and 3-point range (8-of-16).
• The Cavaliers held a 34-24 advantage in the paint and enjoyed a 21-10 margin in second-chance points.
London Perrantes handed out a game-high seven assists.

About the Cavaliers
Virginia has won 16 of its last 17 games and looks to win its 14th straight overall. A win against Maryland would give Virginia 17 league wins, marking a single-season ACC record.

The Cavaliers’ success has been highlighted by their top-ranked defense, rebounding and balanced scoring. The Cavaliers are yielding 54.8 points per game and grabbing 54.6 percent of the rebounds, ruling the glass in 23 of 30 games. UVa also ranks sixth in the nation in field goal percentage defense at 38.1 percent.

Virginia is averaging 66.2 points per game, marking its highest total under head coach Tony Bennett. Virginia is averaging 23.0 bench points and has scored 43.7 percent of its points in the paint.

UVa sports a balanced scoring attack, led by Malcolm Brogdon and All-ACC performer Joe Harris. Brogdon leads the team at 12.6 points per game, while Harris is second at 11.3 ppg. Brogdon has a career-best 17-game double figures scoring streak. He ranks first in the ACC in free throw percentage (90.3%) and 11th in scoring (15.0 ppg) during league play.

Versatile guard Justin Anderson, who drained 3-of-4 3-pointers vs. Syracuse, has recorded 8.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Anthony Gill, who led UVa in scoring five times, has registered 7.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Mike Tobey had 11 points and eight rebounds against Syracuse, and has chipped in 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Senior Akil Mitchell had a game-high nine rebounds in each of the last two games and freshman point guard London Perrantes ranks first in ACC action in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.87) and sixth in assists (4.27 apg).

Up Next
No. 1 seed Virginia will play the No. 8 or No. 9 seed in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Friday, March 14. Tipoff at Greensboro Coliseum is set for 12 p.m. ET.


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