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Game Notes: #2 UVA basketball hosts Florida State in ACC action on Sunday

uva-fsu blogNo. 2 UVA (24-1, 12-1 ACC) completes its three-game homestand against Florida State (15-12, 7-7 ACC) on Sunday (Feb. 22). Tipoff for the sold out contest at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 6:30 p.m.

 

For Openers

  • UVa ranks first nationally in scoring defense at 50.8 points per game, which is the third lowest average in the shot clock era (since 1986).
  • UVa junior guard Justin Anderson fractured a finger on his left hand on Feb. 7 and is out 4-6 weeks.
  • Virginia is first in the ACC at 12-1, while FSU is tied for eighth at 7-7.
  • Virginia’s 24-1 record ties for its best 25-game start in school history (24-1 start in 1981-82).
  • The Cavaliers have won 23 or more games in three consecutive seasons for the first time since 1981-83.

 

Broadcast Information

  • The Virginia-Florida State game will be televised on ESPNU and streamed online at WatchESPN.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.

 

The Head Coaches

  • Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 130-61 in six seasons at UVa and 199-94 in nine seasons overall.
  • Florida State: Leonard Hamilton (Tennessee-Martin, 1971), 234-169 in 13 seasons at Florida State and 434-379 in 27 seasons overall.

 

UVa Ranked No. 2/3 in Latest National Polls

  • UVa is ranked Nos. 2 and 3 in the AP and USA Today coaches’ polls.
  • The Cavaliers were ranked No. 2 in both polls from Jan. 12-Feb. 1.
  • Prior to this year, the Cavaliers achieved their last No. 2 ranking on March 8, 1983.
  • Virginia has delivered three of the 11 home losses by teams currently ranked in the top 16 of this week’s AP poll (Notre Dame, North Carolina, Maryland) and the Cavaliers’ four road wins over current top 25 teams leads the nation.
  • The Cavaliers have been ranked in the top 10 for the first 16 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 18 straight weeks dating back to last season.

 

Virginia All-Time vs. Florida State

  • Virginia is 21-22 all-time vs. Florida State, including a 3-0 record last season, in the series that dates back to 1991-92.
  • Last season, UVa defeated Florida State 62-50 in Tallahassee, 78-66 in Charlottesville and 64-51 at the ACC Tournament in Greensboro.
  • The Cavaliers are 13-8 against the Seminoles in Charlottesville, including a 3-3 mark at John Paul Jones Arena.
  • Virginia has a three-game winning streak vs. Florida State and has won four of the last five contests in the series.
  • Head coach Tony Bennett is 4-5 all-time vs. Florida State.

 

Last Time vs. Florida State

  • Joe Harris tied a season high with 20 points and Anthony Gill added 16 points off the bench in Virginia’s 64-51 win over Florida State in the 2014 ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Friday, March 14.
  • UVa shot 48 percent, forced 15 turnovers and earned their third double-digit victory over the Seminoles in 2013-14.
  • Okaro White led Florida State with 17 points.

 

Last Time Out

  • Malcolm Brogdon tallied 18 points, including his 1,000th career point, as No. 2 Virginia defeated Pitt 61-49 on Monday, Feb. 16.
  • Anthony Gill added 12 points and six rebounds, and London Perrantes added 10 points and a game-high six assists for UVa.
  • The Cavaliers held Pitt scoreless for five or more minutes three times during the game and led 25-15 at the half.
  • Jamel Artis led the Panthers with game highs in points (20) and rebounds (8).

 

There’s No Place Like Home

  • UVa is 121-36 (.771) in nine seasons, including a 13-1 mark in 2014-15, at John Paul Jones Arena.
  • UVa won 11 or more home games for six straight seasons.
  • UVa’s 21-game home winning streak from Dec. 21, 2013-Jan. 22, 2015 set a JPJ record.
  • UVa is 83-20 (.806) at home under head coach Tony Bennett.
  • Virginia has sold out home contests vs. Harvard, Davidson, Duke, Louisville, Wake Forest, Pitt, Florida State (2/22) and Virginia Tech (2/28) this season.
  • Virginia enjoyed a school-best, 21-game ACC home winning streak from Jan. 6, 2013-Jan. 22, 2015, marking the longest in the ACC since Duke’s 22-game ACC home winning streak from 2002-04.

 

On The Horizon

  • Virginia plays at Wake Forest on Wednesday, Feb. 25. Tipoff at Joel Coliseum is set for 7 p.m. The game will be televised on the Regional Sports Network.