Live Blog: #18 UVA at N.C. State in ACC Saturday Hoops

uva nc stateNo. 18 UVA (18-9, 8-7 ACC) travels to NC State (15-14, 4-12 ACC) for an ACC men’s basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 25. Tipoff at PNC Arena is set for Noon on ESPN.


For Openers

  • The Cavaliers have a four-game winning streak against NC State.
  • UVA has lost four straight games in a season for the first time since losing eight straight games in Tony Bennett’s first season at UVA in 2009-10.
  • The Cavaliers are 6-5 in true road games, including a 4-4 mark in ACC road games.
  • As of Feb. 24, UVA is tied for eighth in the ACC at 8-7.
  • The Cavaliers rank first nationally in scoring defense at 55.8 ppg.
  • London Perrantes leads UVA in scoring at 12.3 points per game, marking the lowest scoring average to lead any UVA team in a single season (Malcolm Brogdon 12.7 ppg in 2013-14).


Broadcast Information

  • The Virginia-NC State game will be televised on ESPN, streamed online on ACC Network Extra and broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network, and Virginia Athletics mobile app on iTunes or Android.
  • Live statistics will be located on and the Virginia Sports app.


The Head Coaches

  • Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 183-81 in eight seasons at UVA and 252-114 in 11 seasons overall
  • NC State: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987), 123-83 in six seasons at NC State and 401-238 in 20 seasons overall


Hoo Are These Wahoos?

  • UVA is led by senior point guard London Perrantes, who is averaging team highs in points (12.3 ppg) and assists (3.7 apg).
  • Isaiah Wilkins (7.6 ppg & 6.4 rpg) leads the team in rebounding, blocked shots (35) and steals (31).
  • Devon Hall is averaging 8.4 points and 4.2 rebounds, while Marial Shayok is averaging 9.6 points.
  • Kyle Guy is averaging 7.0 points to top all UVA rookies and Darius Thompson has added 6.1 points per game.
  • Jack Salt, Ty Jerome, Mamadi Diakite and Jarred Reuter are key role players.


In The National Rankings

  • As of Feb. 23, UVA ranks first nationally in scoring defense (55.8 ppg), second in turnovers per game (9.8), 14th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.46), 20th in field goal percentage defense (39.8%), 24th in scoring margin (+11.2) and 27th in fouls per game (16.3).
  • UVA has held four opponents to fewer than 40 points and was the first team in Division I to hold three straight opponents (St. Francis Brooklyn, Yale and Grambling State) to fewer than 40 points in the last 20 years.
  • UVA was also the first team in ACC history (1953-present) to hold three straight opponents to fewer than 40 points.
  • The Cavaliers have held 16 of their opponents to 55 or fewer points.


UVA Ranked No. 18/19 in Latest Polls

  • UVA is ranked No. 18 in the latest AP poll and No. 19 in USA Today Coaches’ poll.
  • UVA has ranked in the top 15 in 56 of the last 59 polls.
  • UVA was ranked in top 10 in the preseason rankings (No. 8/7) for the third straight season, matching a school-best from 1981-83.
  • UVA has been ranked in 61 consecutive AP polls since Feb. 3, 2014.
  • UVA has finished in the top 10 (No. 3 in 2014 & No. 6 in 2015 and No. 4 in 2016) in the final AP rankings in three consecutive seasons for the first time since 1981-83.


All-Time vs. NC State

  • Virginia is 63-82 all-time vs. NC State in the series that dates back to 1912-13.
  • The Cavaliers are 9-0 in their last nine regular-season games against NC State and 9-2 in their last 11 games including a pair of losses in the ACC Tournament.
  • UVA posted a 73-53 win against NC State last season and has limited the Wolfpack to 53 or fewer points in each game during its four-game winning streak in the series.
  • UVA has a four-game winning streak against NC State at PNC Arena.
  • Tony Bennett is 9-2 vs. NC State as head coach at Virginia.
  • London Perrantes has averaged 9.0 points and 4.2 assists in four career games against NC State.
  • Perrantes tallied 19 points and five assists in UVA’s 20-point win against the Wolfpack last season.


Last Time Against The Wolfpack

  • Two-time All-American Malcolm Brogdon had a game-high 22 points and London Perrantes added 19 points to lead then-No. 7 Virginia past NC State, 73-53, on Feb. 15, 2016.
  • Brogdon (4-7) and Perrantes (5-8) combined for nine 3-pointers as UVA used a 13-2 run after halftime to storm past the Wolfpack.
  • Brogdon and UVA limited ACC leading scorer Cat Barber to 14 points on 4 of 11 shooting.
  • Isaiah Wilkins added a career-high 13 rebounds.
  • UVA shot 53.7 percent from the field and 55.6% from 3-point range.


Last Time Out

  • Devon Hall scored 15 points to lead the Cavaliers, but No. 18 Virginia fell to Miami in overtime on Feb. 20, 54-48.
  • Bruce Brown scored 14 points to lead the Hurricanes and Kamari Murphy and Dejan Vasiljevic added 10 points each.
  • Isaiah Wilkins added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Virginia, including two free throws with four seconds left in regulation to tie it.
  • A putback by Marial Shayok with 39 seconds left gave UVA a 48-47 lead, but Brown made his only 3-pointer of the game on the Hurricanes’ ensuing possession, and Miami sealed it at the free-throw line.
  • Miami converted 20 of 22 free throws and out-rebounded the Cavs 34-31.


Cavaliers at PNC Arena

  • Virginia sports a 10-7 all-time record at PNC Arena in Raleigh.
  • The Cavaliers are 6-7 against NC State at PNC Arena and 4-0 in NCAA tournament action in 2014 and 2016.
  • Virginia has an eight-game winning streak at PNC Arena (4-0 vs. NC State and 4-0 NCAA Tournament) dating back to Jan. 9, 2010.


On The Horizon

  • No. 18 Virginia hosts No. 8 North Carolina on Monday, Feb. 27. Tipoff for the ACC contest is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN.

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