Game Notes: #6 UVA basketball returns to action on Thursday vs. Cleveland State

uva basketballThe sixth-ranked UVA basketball team (9-0) returns from its 12-day exam break vs. Cleveland State (5-5) in non-conference action on Thursday, Dec. 18. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 7 p.m.


For Openers

  • Virginia (9-0) meets Cleveland State (5-5) for the second time.
  • Virginia seeks its first 10-0 start since 2000-01.
  • The Cavaliers rank first in the nation in scoring defense (47.4 ppg) and third in field goal percentage defense (32.1%).
  • UVa has held opponents under 70 points in a nation-leading 15 consecutive contests.
  • UVa owns the nation’s eighth-longest home winning streak at 15 games.


Broadcast Information

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


Virginia-Cleveland State Series


The Head Coaches
Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 115-60 in six seasons at UVa and 184-93 in nine seasons overall.
Cleveland State: Gary Waters (Ferris State, 1975), 162-117 in nine seasons at Cleveland State and 333-252 in 19 seasons overall.


Last Time vs. Cleveland State

  • Sylven Landesberg paced five Cavaliers in double figures with 20 points in UVa’s 76-65 win over the Vikings in the Cancun Challenge on Nov. 25, 2009.
  • Will Sherrill added 18 points, Mike Scott had 15 and Mustapha Farrakhan and Sammy Zeglinski added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
  • Jeremy Montgomery led Cleveland State with 14 points and Aaron Pogue added 13.
  • Former Cleveland State star and current Miami Heat guard Norris Cole chipped in 12 points, five assists and three steals.
  • Virginia shot 52.8 percent and outrebounded the Vikings 32-18.


Virginia Moves Up to No. 6 in Latest Associated Press Poll

  • UVa is ranked No. 6/5 in the latest associated press and USA Today coaches’ polls.
  • The Cavaliers have been ranked in the top 10 for the first seven 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.


Last Time Out

  • Justin Anderson tallied a season-high 21 points to lead the Cavaliers to a 74-57 win at VCU on Dec. 6.
  • Anderson sparked Virginia’s second-best field goal shooting performance (68.3%) in school history in the win.
  • Anthony Gill added 18 points and eight rebounds, and Malcolm Brogdon chipped in 15 points.
  • Virginia outrebounded VCU 35-21 and had 18 assists on its 28 made field goals.
  • VCU was paced by Treveon Graham’s 17 points and Melvin Johnson added 15 points.


On The Horizon

  • Virginia hosts Harvard in a sold out non-conference tilt on Sunday, Dec. 21. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 12 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

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