#20 UVa. basketball hosts Boston College on Wednesday
The Virginia-Boston College game will be televised by ESPN2 and online at WatchESPN.com. The game will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network. and Sirius (Channel 85) and XM (Channel 85) satellite radio stations. Live statistics (GameTracker) 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.
Tickets for the Virginia-Boston College game may be purchased online at VirginiaSports.com/tickets. Fans may also purchase tickets through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office by telephone and in person. The ticket office is located in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium and open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-8821. Tickets may also be purchased on game day at the JPJ box office starting at 5:30 p.m.
• UVa is ranked (No. 20 in the AP poll and No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches poll) for the first time since being ranked No. 25 in both polls on Nov. 11.
• The margin of victory in each of the Cavaliers’ first seven ACC wins was at least 10 points, for the first time in school history.
• The Cavaliers rank first in the nation in scoring defense at 55.5 points per game.
All-Time vs. Boston College
• The Cavaliers posted a 65-51 win in Charlottesville and 53-52 loss at Chestnut Hill against Boston College last season.
• The Cavaliers have a two-game home winning streak against the Eagles.
Last Time vs. the Eagles
• Ryan Anderson added eight points and nine rebounds for Boston College, which trailed almost all of the second half and by as many as 11 points with 10 minutes to play.
Virginia in the Polls
• The Cavaliers, who were ranked for the first two weeks, returned to the rankings this season for the first time since Feb. 27, 2012.
Last Time Out
• Jamel Artis led Pitt with 11 points and Lamar Patterson added 10.
• The Cavaliers limited Pitt to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor, holding their 25th straight league opponent under 50 percent.
• Virginia outrebounded the Panthers 32-29.
About the Cavaliers
Virginia has won eight of its last nine games and looks to win its sixth straight overall. The Cavaliers have defeated Florida State (78-66), North Carolina (76-61), Virginia Tech (65-45), Notre Dame (68-53) and Pittsburgh (48-45) since their 69-65 loss at Duke on Jan. 13. A Virginia win against Boston College would match its 9-1 ACC start in the 1981-82 season.
The Cavaliers’ success has been highlighted by its top-ranked defense, rebounding and balanced scoring. The Cavaliers are yielding 55.5 points per game and grabbing 54.3 percent of the rebounds, ruling the glass in 17 of 22 games. UVa also ranks sixth in the nation in field goal percentage defense at 37.8 percent.
UVa sports a balanced scoring attack, led by Malcolm Brogdon and All-ACC performer Joe Harris. Brogdon leads the team at 11.8 points per game, while Harris is a close second at 11.5 ppg. Brogdon has a career-best nine-game double figures scoring streak and ranks second in the ACC in field goal percentage (51.1%), tied for second in steals (1.89 spg) and 10th in scoring (15.2 ppg) during league play.
Versatile guard Justin Anderson has recorded 9.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Anthony Gill, who has led the team in scoring in four games, has registered 7.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Mike Tobey, who had 14 points at Notre Dame, has chipped in 7.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Akil Mitchell has added 6.8 points and a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game. Mitchell is second in the ACC at 8.6 rebounds per game during league play. Freshman point guard London Perrantes ranks first in ACC action in assist to turnover ratio (4.7), fourth in assists (4.7 apg) and tied for 10th in steals (1.33 spg).