Game Notes: #2 UVA basketball hosts Clemson on Tuesday
- Virginia (15-0) is off to its best start since the 1980-81 season when that team led by legendary center Ralph Sampson started 23-0.
- UVa seeks its first 4-0 ACC start for the first time since 1994-95.
- The Cavaliers are ranked No. 2 for the first time since March 8, 1983.
- UVa ranks first in the nation in scoring defense at 51.1 points per game.
- The Virginia-Clemson game will be televised on the ACC Network and streamed online at ESPN3.com.
- The game will be 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 Virginia Sports app.
Single-game tickets for the Virginia-Clemson contest may be purchased online at VirginiaSports.com/tickets or 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-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821). Tickets may also be purchased on game day at the JPJ box office starting at 6:30 p.m.
The Head Coaches
Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 121-60 in six seasons at UVa and 190-93 in nine seasons overall.
Clemson: Brad Brownell (DePauw, 1991), 83-64 in five seasons at Clemson and 250-149 in 13 seasons overall.
UVa Ranked No. 2 For The First Time Since 1983
- UVa is ranked No. 2 in the latest Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls.
- UVa is ranked No. 2 in the AP poll for the first time since March 8, 1983.
- Virginia has delivered three of the nine home losses by teams currently ranked in the top 17 of this week’s AP poll (Notre Dame, Maryland, VCU).
- The Cavaliers have been ranked in the top 10 for the first 11 weeks of the season for the first time since 1982-83.
- The No. 9 AP preseason ranking was UVa’s best since a No. 1 ranking to start the 1982-83 season.
- UVa is one of three teams (Duke and Arizona) that have been ranked in the top 10 for 13 straight weeks dating back to last season.
Virginia All-Time vs. Clemson
- Virginia is 70-52 all-time vs. Clemson, including a 42-16 record in Charlottesville, in the series that dates back to 1935-36.
- The Cavaliers are 4-0 in their last four meetings against the Tigers in Charlottesville, including a 78-41 win on Feb. 7, 2013 at John Paul Jones Arena.
- The Cavaliers are 3-2 in their last five meetings vs. Clemson and 5-5 in their last 10.
- The Cavaliers went 1-0 vs. the Tigers last season, posting a 63-58 win at Littlejohn Coliseum on Feb. 15, 2014.
- Head coach Tony Bennett is 4-3 all-time vs. Clemson.
Last Time Out
- Darion Atkins had a season-high 14 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 3 Virginia to a 62-56 win at then-No. 13 Notre Dame.
- Malcolm Brogdon added 13 points and four assists, and helped hold Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant to just six points on 2-8 shooting.
- Justin Anderson added 11 points, and Mike Tobey contributed eight points and seven rebounds off the bench.
- Virginia, which has won eight straight games vs. Notre Dame, held the Fighting Irish to 33.9 percent field goal shooting.
- The Cavaliers shot 49 percent, but were outrebounded for the second time this season 35-34.
Last Time vs. Clemson
- Joe Harris had 16 points to lead four Cavaliers in double figures in a 63-58 road win at Clemson.
- Malcolm Brogdon added 14 points, including 6-of-6 free throws in the last 1:21 to secure the win.
- Mike Tobey (14 points) and Anthony Gill (12 points) combined to shoot 11-of-13 from the field in the win.
- Clemson’s K.J. McDaniels had a game-high 24 points.
On The Horizon
- Virginia plays at Boston College on Saturday, Jan. 17. Tipoff at Conte Forum is set for 2 p.m. The game will be televised on the Regional Sports Network.