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#14 UVa. basketball hosts Notre Dame on Saturday

No. 14 UVa. (22-5, 13-1 ACC) opens its three-game homestand against Notre Dame (14-13, 5-9 ACC) on Saturday, Feb. 22. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena (14,593) is set for 2 p.m.

Broadcast Information
The Virginia-Notre Dame game will be televised by ESPN2 and online at WatchESPN.com. The game will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network, ESPN Radio and Sirius (Channel 108) and XM (Channel 192) 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-Notre Dame game is sold out.

RecycleMania Challenge
University of Virginia student volunteers will try to achieve a level of “zero waste” at the Virginia-Notre Dame game. UVa Dining, Virginia Athletics and the Office for Sustainability have teamed up to convert disposable items generated at the game to compostable or recyclable options and to ensure the waste is properly sorted and minimal materials are sent to the landfill. The University will be ranked in several ways, including per capita recycling, composting and waste minimization.

For Openers
Virginia has won 10 consecutive games and meets Notre Dame for the second time this season.
Virginia ranks No. 1 nationally in scoring defense at 55.5 ppg.
• Virginia’s 13-1 ACC record ties its school-record 13-1 mark in 1980-81.
• UVa’s 22-5 record is its best through 27 games since 1982-83 (24-3).
• As of Feb. 21, Virginia is first in the ACC at 13-1 and Notre Dame is 10th at 5-9.

A Win vs. Notre Dame Would Give Virginia…
• A school-record 14 ACC wins (13-1 in 1980-81).
• Its first 11-game ACC winning streak since 1981-82.
• Its first 11-game winning streak since winning 12 straight in 2011-12.
• A two-game regular-season series sweep and seventh straight win vs. the Fighting Irish.
• Back-to-back 23-win seasons.
• A trio of two-game series sweeps (Florida State, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame) for the first time since 1994-95.
• A record of 18 games above .500 for the first time since 1982-83.

All-Time vs. Notre Dame
Virginia is 6-1 all-time vs. Notre Dame in the series that dates back to 1980-81.
• The Cavaliers have a six-game winning steak against the Fighting Irish, including a 68-53 win in Notre Dame earlier this season.
• Head coach Tony Bennett is 2-0 all-time against Notre Dame, including a 61-41 win over the Fighting Irish as head coach at Washington State in the 2008 NCAA Tournament in Denver, Colo.
• The Cavaliers are 1-0 against the Fighting Irish in Charlottesville, posting an 84-56 win over Notre Dame on Jan. 6, 1982 at University Hall.

Last Time vs. the Fighting Irish
Malcolm Brogdon tallied 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists and a career-high five steals in UVa’s 68-53 win at Notre Dame on Jan. 28.
Mike Tobey added 14 points and four rebounds and London Perrantes added five assists, one steal and no turnovers in 29 minutes.
• Demetrius Jackson and Zach Auguste had 10 points apiece for Notre Dame.
• The Cavaliers shot 53.8 percent from the field and tallied an ACC-high 29 points off of 20 Fighting Irish turnovers.

Virginia in the Polls
Virginia is ranked No. 14 in the latest AP poll, marking its highest ranking since a No. 10 ranking on Feb. 4, 2002.
• No. 14/13 UVa is ranked for the third-straight week after not being ranked for 11 consecutive 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.

Last Time Out
• Justin Anderson and Joe Harris made consecutive 3-pointers to cap Virginia’s rally from an 11-point, second-half deficit in a 57-53 victory over Virginia Tech Tuesday.
• The Cavaliers outscored the Hokies 23-6 after falling behind 40-29 with just more than 14 minutes remaining.
Malcolm Brogdon led Virginia with 12 points and London Perrantes had 11.
• The Hokies got 13 points each from Joey van Zegeren and Devin Wilson.

About the Cavaliers
Virginia has won 13 of its last 14 games and looks to win its 11th straight overall. A Virginia win against Notre Dame would give the Cavaliers a school-record 14 ACC wins.

The Cavaliers’ success has been highlighted by their top-ranked defense, rebounding and balanced scoring. The Cavaliers are yielding 55.5 points per game and grabbing 54.9 percent of the rebounds, ruling the glass in 20 of 27 games. UVa also ranks ninth in the nation in field goal percentage defense at 38.6 percent.

Virginia is averaging 65.8 points per game, marking its highest total under head coach Tony Bennett. Virginia is averaging 23.1 bench points and has scored 43.8 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 12.3 points per game, while Harris is second at 11.6 ppg. Brogdon has a career-best 14-game double figures scoring streak. He ranks first in the ACC in free throw percentage (87.5%), fifth in field goal percentage (44.9%), tied for fifth in steals (1.50 spg) and 11th in scoring (14.9 ppg) during league play.

Versatile guard Justin Anderson, who nailed a pair of key 3-pointers down the stretch at Virginia Tech, has recorded 9.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Anthony Gill has registered 7.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Mike Tobey has chipped in 7.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Akil Mitchell has added 6.9 points and a team-best 6.9 rebounds per game. Mitchell is third in the ACC at 8.3 rebounds per game during league play. Freshman point guard London Perrantes ranks first in ACC action in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.92) and fifth in assists (4.21 apg).

Up Next
Virginia hosts Miami on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Regional Sports Networks.


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