Game Notes: #8 UVA basketball hosts Tennessee State on Tuesday

uva basketballNo. 8 UVA hosts Tennessee State of the Ohio Valley Conference in non-conference action on Tuesday (Nov. 25). Tipoff at the John Paul Jones Arena is set for 7 p.m.


For Openers

  • The Cavaliers meet Tennessee State for the first time.
  • The Virginia-Tennessee State game is part of the Barclays Center Classic. UVa defeated Norfolk State 67-39 in its first game of the classic on Nov. 16.
  • Virginia is 4-0 for the first time since 2007-08 when the Cavaliers started 5-0.
  • Virginia has won each of its first four games by at least 17 points.
  • Virginia has a 14-game home winning streak (13 of the 14 victories during the streak have been by double digits).
  • The Cavaliers rank second in the nation in field goal percentage defense at 29.4 percent, holding each of their opponents under 33 percent.
  • UVa has out-reboundedeach of its opponents and has a +13.5 rebounding margin.
  • Justin Anderson has led or tied for the team lead in scoring in each of the first four games and is averaging a career-high 16 points.


Broadcast Information

The Virginia-Tennessee State game will be streamed online on and broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network. Live statistics will be located on, as well as the Virginia Sports app, which is available free of charge through iTunes.


Ticket Information

Single-game tickets and family packages for the Virginia-Tennessee State contest may be purchased online at 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 5:30 p.m.


Virginia-Tennessee State Series

Virginia meets Tennessee State for the first time and is 2-1 all-time against current Ohio Valley Conference members (1-0 vs. Belmont, 1-0 vs. UT Martin and 0-1 vs. Eastern Kentucky).


The Head Coaches
Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 110-60 in six seasons at UVa and 179-93 in nine seasons overall.A
Tennessee State: Dana Ford (Illinois State, 2006), 2-2 in his first season at Tennessee State


Virginia Moves Up to No. 8 in Latest Associated Press Poll

  • UVa is ranked No. 8/7 in the latest associated press and USA Today coaches’ polls.
  • The Cavaliers were ranked No. 9/8 in the AP and USA Today preseason coaches’ polls.
  • The No. 9 AP preseason ranking was UVa’s best since a No. 1 ranking to start the 1982-83 season.
  • UVa’s No. 3 final AP ranking last season marked its highest final ranking since 1982.


Last Time Out
• Justin Anderson had a game-high 18 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 15 to send UVa to a 59-42 win over George Washington on Nov. 21.

  • Darion Atkins matched a career high with 11 rebounds and added three blocks.
  • The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Colonials 41-28 and committed eight turnovers.
  • UVa trailed at the half (26-22) for the first time this season, but outscored the Colonials 37-16 in the second half.
  • Virginia shot a season-low 11.1 percent from 3-point range, shooting 1-9 from long range.
  • The Cavaliers started London Perrantes, Malcolm Brogdon, Anthony Gill, Anderson and Atkins for the second straight game.


Up Next

Virginia plays La Salle at the Barclays Center Classic on Friday, Nov. 28 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Tipoff at the Barclays Center is set for 9:30 p.m. The game will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.


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