Game Notes: #5 Virginia wraps non-conference slate with Oakland on Wednesday

virginia basketballNo. 5 Virginia (10-1) concludes non-conference action against Oakland (8-4) on Wednesday, Dec. 30. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 6 p.m.

 

Ticket Information

  • A limited number of tickets are on sale for the Virginia-Oakland game. Tickets can be purchased online at VirginiaSports.com or by phone at 1-800-542-8821.

 

For Openers

  • Virginia and Oakland meet for the first time.
  • UVA ranks ninth nationally in scoring defense (59.2 ppg), 11th in free throw percentage (77%), 13th in field goal percentage (50.4%), and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.69), 14th in 3-point field goal percentage (41.8%) and 15th in turnover margin (4.5).
  • Senior forward Anthony Gill is first UVA player to score in double figures in first 11 games of a season since Sean Singletary scored 10 or more points in all 33 games during 2007-08.
  • Malcolm Brogdon leads UVA in scoring for third straight year at a career-best 16.5 points per game.
  • London Perrantes is averaging career highs in points (11.3), field goal percentage (51.5%) and 3-point field goal percentage (57.6%).

 

Broadcast Information

  • The Virginia-Oakland game will be televised on ESPNU, 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.

 

Virginia Basketball Getting Offensive

  • Virginia is averaging 76 points per game, its most since 76.8 ppg in 2007-08.
  • UVA ranks Nos. 2 and 3 in the KenPom.com adjusted and overall offensive efficiency ratings.
  • UVA is shooting 50.4 percent from the field (best since 52.3% in 1982-83), 41.8 percent from 3-point range (best in school history) and 77 percent from the free throw line (best in school history).
  • Virginia has scored 80 or more points in six games, its most under Tony Bennett and most since 11 in 2007-08.
  • UVA’s 86 points against Villanova were its most scored against a top-25 opponent since tallying 87 in a road win at Minnesota in 2010-11.
  • UVA has shot 55 percent or better in five games in 2015-16 after achieving the feat three times in 34 games in 2014-15 and four times in 37 games in 2013-14.
  • The Cavaliers scored 82 or more points in three straight games (Nov. 19-22 at Charleston Classic) for the first time since the first three games of the 2001-02 season.

 

The Head Coaches

  • Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 146-65 in seven seasons at UVA and 215-98 in 10 seasons overall.
  • Oakland: Greg Kampe (Bowling Green State, 1978), 543-407 in 32 seasons at Oakland.

 

Last Time Out

  • London Perrantes drilled a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in overtime to lift Virginia to a 63-62 win over California on Dec. 22.
  • Anthony Gill tallied a team-high 17 points and Jarred Reuter added 11 points in 16 minutes off the bench.
  • Perrantes and Malcolm Brogdon each scored 10 points as UVA extended its winning streak to nine games.
  • UVA shot a season-low 18.2 percent (4-22) in the first half, but shot 53.1 percent (17-32) in the second half and overtime.

 

On The Horizon

  • Virginia opens ACC action against Notre Dame on Saturday, Jan. 2. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 5 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
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