Game Notes: #1 UVA faces Louisville on Thursday in ACC Tournament

uva basketballNo. 1 seed Virginia (28-2) plays No. 9 seed Louisville (20-12) in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday, March 8. Tipoff at Barclays Center (17,732) is set for Noon ET.

For Openers

  • Virginia went 2-0 vs. Louisville in 2017-18.
  • No. 1 seed Virginia captured its fourth outright ACC championship (thirdin five years) and eighth overall in ACC history.
  • Tony Bennett (Coach of the Year), Isaiah Wilkins (Defensive Player of the Year & All-ACC Defensive Team), De’Andre Hunter (Sixth Man of the Year & All-ACC Freshman Team), Kyle Guy (All-ACC First Team), Devon Hall (All-ACC Second Team & All-ACC Defensive Team) and Ty Jerome (All-ACC Third Team) earned ACC postseason honors on March 4.

Broadcast Information

  • The Virginia-Louisville contest will be televised on ESPN and ACC Network and streamed online on ACC Network Extra ( and ESPN App. The game will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network, and Virginia Athletics mobile app on iTunes or Android.

The Head Coaches

  • Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 216-85 in nine seasons at UVA and 285-118 in 12 seasons overall.
  • Louisville: David Padgett (Louisville, 2008), 20-12 in one season at Louisville

A Win vs. Louisville Would:

  • Send UVA to the ACC semifinals for the fourth timein five years.
  • Give UVA 29 or more wins for the eighth time in history.
  • Give UVA a 26-3 all-time record as the No. 1 team in the nation.
  • Give UVA a seven-game winning streak vs. Louisville.
  • Give UVA a six-game winning streak.
  • Give UVA at least one win in each of the last five ACC tournaments, tying a program best set from 1970-74.
  • Give UVA its 24th win in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.
  • Give UVA its 39th win in the ACC Tournament.

UVA in the National Statistical Rankings

  • UVA ranks first nationally in scoring defense (52.8 ppg), turnovers per game (8.8) and winning percentage (93.3%), second in fouls per game (13.9), third in field goal percentage defense (37.6%), fifth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (29.9%), seventh in scoring margin (14.5), ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.52) and 11th in turnover margin (4.2).

UVA Ranked No. 1 For Fourth Consecutive Week

  • Virginia is ranked No. 1 in the AP poll for the fourth straight week.
  • On Feb. 12, UVA earned its first No. 1 ranking since Dec. 21, 1982 (650 weeks between No. 1 rankings).
  • The Cavaliers are the first team to ascend to No. 1 following a loss (a 61-60 setback to in-state rival Virginia Tech).
  • UVA is 25-3 all-time in the 13 weeks as the top-ranked team.
  • The Cavaliers are the fourth team in the Top 25 era (1990-present) to earn a No. 1 ranking after being unranked in the preseason (Kansas, 1990; Syracuse, 2010; Baylor, 2017).
  • UVA has been ranked in the AP poll for 15 straight weeks and has been ranked in the top 10 in each of the past 11 polls.
  • Virginia is the fifth team in ACC history to move from unranked in preseason to the top 3, joining Miami (2012-13), Georgia Tech (2003-04), Wake Forest (1980-81) and North Carolina (1972-73).
  • UVA is the lone ACC team to be ranked in the top 3 in four of the past five seasons.

All-Time at the Barclays Center

  • UVA is 5-1 all-time at the Barclays Center, including wins over Vanderbilt and Rhode Island in the NIT Season Tip-Off onNov. 23-24.
  • The Cavaliers went 1-1 at the 2017 ACC Tournament at Barclays Center, posting a win over Pitt (75-63) and loss to Notre Dame (71-58).
  • UVA defeated La Salle (64-56) and Rutgers (45-26) en route to the 2014 Barclays Center Classic championship.
  • Rutgers’ 26 points marked the fewest allowed by UVA and tied for second among ACC teams in the shot clock era (since 1986).

UVA No. 1 in Ken Pom Efficiency Ratings

  • UVA ranks No. 1 in the overall and adjusted defense efficiency ratings and No. 39 in the adjusted offense ratings.
  • UVA is shooting 46 percent, 38.9 percent from 3-point range and 75.6 percent from the free throw line.
  • UVA has shot 50 percent or better in 10 games and limited its opponents to less than 50 percent shooting in 29 of 30 games.

All-Time vs. Louisville

  • UVA is 12-4 all-time vs. Louisville in a series that began in 1923-24.
  • UVA has a six-game winning streak against Louisville and is 7-1 vs. the Cardinals in ACC action.
  • UVA beat Louisville 74-64 and 67-66 this season.
  • UVA has held Louisville to 59 or fewer points in six of eight contests since the Cardinals joined the ACC in 2014-15.
  • Tony Bennett is 7-1 vs. Louisville as head coach at Virginia.

Last vs. The Cardinals

  • De’Andre Hunter’s 3-pointer as time expired gave No. 1 Virginia a 67-66 victory over Louisville on March 1 in a wild finish that made the Cavaliers the first ACC team to go 9-0 on the road in league play.
  • The Cavaliers tied the game at 58 with 2 minutes left and overcame another five-point deficit in the final minute.
  • Louisville led 66-64 and tried to inbounds with .9 seconds left, but Virginia got the ball after Deng Adel (18 points) was called for traveling on the baseline.
  • Hunter sank a long 3 that banked in at the horn, sparking a wild dog pile of Cavaliers celebrating in front of Louisville bench.
  • Ty Jerome scored 21 points while Devon Hall and Kyle Guy each had 10 and Hunter seven.

All-Time in the ACC Tournament

  • Virginia will be the No. 1 seed for the ACC Tournament for the fourth time in school history and third in the last five years under head coach Tony Bennett.
  • The Cavaliers are 38-62 all-time in the ACC Tournament.
  • UVA has posted a 5-2 mark as the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament (1-1 in 1981, 3-0 in 2014 and 1-1 in 2015).
  • UVA captured ACC Tournament titles as the No. 6 seed in 1976 and No. 1 seed in 2014.
  • UVA has advanced to the ACC Tournament semifinals in three of the last four seasons.
  • UVA went 1-1 in last year’s ACC Tournament, defeating Pitt (75-63) before losing to Notre Dame (71-58) in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.
  • Bennett is 8-7 all-time in the ACC Tournament.

Getting Defensive

  • UVA is allowing 52.8 points per game (2nd best in school history).
  • The Cavs allowed 53.1 points per ACC game, marking the third-lowest figure in ACC history.
  • UVA has held 22 opponents to 60 or fewer points.
  • UVA has held 12 opponents to fewer than 50 points (UNCG, Austin Peay, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Savannah State, Hampton, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Clemson, Syracuse and Pitt).
  • UVA has held three opponents to fewer than 40 points (Wisconsin, Clemson and Pitt).
  • Six opponents (UNCG, Austin Peay, Savannah State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech & Clemson) have committed more turnovers than made field goals.
  • UVA has held 23 foes to less than 43 percent shooting.
  • The Cavaliers have held 17 opponents to 30 percent or less shooting from 3-point range.
  • Bennett-coached teams have led the nation in scoring defense four times and finished in the top-five nationally in eight of 11 seasons.

About the Cavaliers

  • UVA is led by tri-captains Devon Hall, Isaiah Wilkins and Jack Salt.
  • The announcement of Hall, Wilkins and Salt marked the first time in Bennett’s 12-year head coaching career where he officially named team captains.
  • UVA has averaged 67.3 points per game on offense, while yielding a nation-leading 52.8 ppg on defense.
  • UVA has started the lineup of Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy, Hall, Wilkins and Salt in 29 games.
  • Guy leads the team in scoring at 13.9 points per game and has reached double figures in 24 games, including a career-high 29 points at VCU (11/17/17).
  • Hall has averaged 11.9 points and Wilkins is averaging team-highs in rebounds (6.4) and blocked shots (1.5).
  • Jerome is averaging 10.6 points and team highs in assists (3.7 apg) and steals (1.5 spg).
  • Salt has chipped in 4.1 rebounds per game and 22 blocked shots.
  • Redshirt freshman De’Andre Hunter (9.1 ppg) has reached double figures in 11 ACC games.
  • Graduate transfer Nigel Johnson is averaging 4.9 points and Mamadi Diakite has added 5.2 ppg & 2.9 rpg.
  • Jay Huff and Marco Anthony provide depth and fellow rookie Francesco Badocchi is redshirting the 2017-18 season.

On the Horizon

  • The winner of No. 1 seed Virginia vs. No. 9 seed Louisville advances to the ACC Tournament semifinals onFriday, March 9. Tipoff at Barclays Center in Brooklyn is set for7 p.m.


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