Game Notes: #2 UVA basketball travels to Boston College on Saturday
- Virginia (16-0) is off to its best start since the 1980-81 season when that team led by legendary center Ralph Sampson started 23-0.
- UVa has started 4-0 in ACC play for the first time since 1994-95 and seeks its first 5-0 start since 1980-81.
- UVa ranks first in the nation in scoring defense at 50.6 points per game.
- The Cavaliers are 5-0 in true road games for the first time since 1990-91 and seek their first 6-0 start since 1980-81.
- The Cavaliers have won 12 of their 16 games by 11 or more points.
- UVa is ranked No. 2 for the first time since March 8, 1983.
- The Virginia-Boston College game will be televised on the Regional Sports Network (locally on Comcast SportsNet Atlantic) 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.
The Head Coaches
Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 122-60 in six seasons at UVa and 191-93 in nine seasons overall.
Boston College: Jim Christian (Rhode Island, 1988), 8-7 in his first season at Boston College and 251-160 in 13 seasons overall.
UVa Ranked No. 2 For The First Time Since 1983
- UVa is ranked No. 2 in the AP poll for the first time since March 8, 1983.
- Virginia has delivered three of the 10 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. Boston College
- Virginia is 10-7 all-time vs. Boston College, including a 7-7 ACC mark, in the series that dates back to 1971-72.
- The Cavaliers posted a 77-67 win over the Eagles last season in Charlottesville, and have won three of the last four games in the series.
- Virginia is 1-4 vs. Boston College in Chestnut Hill, posting its lone road win in the series in 2008.
- Head coach Tony Bennett is 4-4 all-time against Boston College.
Last Time Out
- Malcolm Brogdon had 16 points and Justin Anderson added 15 to lead Virginia to a 65-42 win over Clemson on Tuesday, Jan. 13.
- The Cavaliers led Clemson 25-19 at the half and used a 29-6 run to start the second stanza to stay unbeaten at 16-0.
- Virginia shot 50 percent from the field for the first time in ACC play and held Clemson to 35.7 percent.
- Darion Atkins added six points and a team-high six rebounds, and Isaiah Wilkins provided another spark off the bench with five points and his first career 3-pointer.
- Virginia was outrebounded for the third time in four league games, but committed only four turnovers in its 20th-straight home win.
Last Time vs. Boston College
- Malcolm Brogdon had 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for his first career double-double in Virginia’s 77-67 win over Boston College on Feb. 5, 2014.
- Brogdon added a career-best seven assists and converted 4-of-4 free throws in the final minute to ice the win.
- The Cavaliers built a 21-point second half lead, but Boston College closed with a 17-4 run.
- Anthony Gill and Justin Anderson added 13 points each for Virginia, while Ryan Anderson had a game-high 20 points for Boston College.
- The Cavaliers owned a 40-27 rebounding advantage.
On The Horizon
- Virginia hosts Georgia Tech on Thursday, Jan. 22. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 8 p.m. The game will be televised on the ACC Network.
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