Game Notes: #13 Virginia hosts Syracuse

virginia syracuseNo. 13 Virginia (14-4, 3-3 ACC) hosts Syracuse (13-7, 3-4 ACC) in Atlantic Coast Conference action tonight (Jan. 24). Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena (14,593) is set for 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

 

Important Spectator Information

  • Fans are advised to use extreme caution and safety, and allow for extra time when traveling to and from John Paul Jones Arena.
  • Roads throughout the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County are snow-packed and slippery. In some cases, the width of roads has been reduced.
  • Fans should be aware of both pedestrian and vehicular traffic around JPJ Arena.
  • Sidewalks around JPJ Arena have been cleared of snow, but they are expected to be snow-packed and slippery.
  • The fan shuttles from North Grounds will not be in operation for tonight’s game.
  • Free parking for tonight’s game is available in the Emmet/Ivy and Culbreth Road parking garages.
  • Concession stands may not be in full operation during tonight’s game.

 

For Openers

  • Virginia meets Syracuse in the lone meeting between the teams in 2015-16.
  • UVA has a two-game winning streak against the Orange.
  • Virginia is 29-1 in ACC home games over the past four seasons.

 

Broadcast Information

  • The Virginia-Syracuse game will be televised on ESPN2, streamed online at WatchESPN.com and broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network, VirginiaSports.com and Virginia Athletics mobile app on iTunes or Android.
  • Live statistics will be located on VirginiaSports.com and the Virginia Sports app.

 

Ticket Information

  • Single-game tickets are on sale for the Virginia-Syracuse game. Tickets can be purchased online at VirginiaSports.com or by phone at 1-800-542-8821.

 

The Head Coaches

Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 150-68 in seven seasons at UVA and 219-101 in 10 seasons overall.

Syracuse: Jim Boeheim (Syracuse, 1966), 874-335 in 40 seasons at Syracuse

 

Virginia Ranked No. 13 in Latest Polls

  • UVA is ranked No. 13 in the latest Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ polls.
  • UVA was ranked in the top 10 in six consecutive polls from Nov. 30, 2015 to Jan. 4, 2016.
  • UVA was ranked in the top 10 in 25 consecutive AP polls from March 3, 2014 to Nov. 16, 2015, its longest span since 49 straight from 1980-83.
  • The Cavaliers’ No. 6 preseason ranking was UVA’s best since a No. 1 ranking to start the 1982-83 season.
  • Virginia has been ranked in the preseason top-10 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1981-82 and 1982-83.

 

All-Time vs. Syracuse

  • UVA is 3-3 all-time, including a 2-0 mark in ACC play, vs. Syracuse in the series that dates back to 1983-84.
  • Virginia meets Syracuse in Charlottesville for the first time since then-No. 12 UVA defeated then-No. 4 Syracuse 75-56 on March 1, 2014. The win secured UVA’s first outright ACC regular-season title since 1980-81.
  • In 2014-15, then-No. 2 Virginia defeated Syracuse 59-47 at the Carrier Dome, which also clinched the ACC regular-season title.
  • UVA is 1-1 against the Orange in Charlottesville, including a 70-68 loss on Dec. 5, 2007.
  • The Cavaliers are 1-1 against the Orange in Syracuse and 1-1 at neutral sites.
  • Head coach Tony Bennett is 2-0 all-time against Syracuse.
  • Malcolm Brogdon is Virginia’s current career leading scorer against Syracuse, averaging 14.5 points in two career games.
  • Anthony Gill is averaging 10.5 points and 10 rebounds in two games against Syracuse.
  • Mike Tobey is averaging 10.5 points and eight rebounds in two games against Syracuse, while London Perrantes has chipped in eight points and 8.5 assists per game.

 

Last Time vs. The Orange

  • Then-No. 2 Virginia overcame a sluggish start to defeat Syracuse 59-47 on March 2, 2015 at the Carrier Dome.
  • The Cavaliers scored their first points at 11:46 and rallied to take a 23-20 halftime lead.
  • Anthony Gill had game highs in points (17) and rebounds (9) and London Perrantes had his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 assists.
  • Malcolm Brogdon added 10 points and Mike Tobey contributed 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
  • Virginia dominated Syracuse with a 42-20 rebounding advantage.
  • The Cavaliers shot 46.2 percent from the floor and limited the Orange to 38.3 percent, including 4-19 from 3-point range.

 

Last Time Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon tallied 20 points to lead No. 13 Virginia to a 69-62 win over Clemson on Jan. 19.
  • Anthony Gill added 12 points and Devon Hall added 11 points in his second straight start for UVA.
  • Virginia shot 54.3 percent from the field (25-46) and out-rebounded Clemson 32-21 in Tony Bennett’s 150th win at UVA.
  • Jaron Blossomgame had a game-high 23 points for the Tigers and Landry Nnoko added 15.

 

On The Horizon

  • UVA plays at Wake Forest on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Tipoff at Joel Coliseum is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN3.com. The game was originally scheduled for Monday, Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. on ESPNU, but was re-scheduled due to the winter storm in the Mid-Atlantic region.
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