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Game Notes: #8 Virginia hosts #12 Villanova on Saturday

uva-basketballNo. 8 Virginia (8-1) hosts No. 12 Villanova (8-1) in non-conference action on Saturday, Dec. 19. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for noon. The game is sold out.


For Openers

  • Virginia and Villanova are the defending regular-season champions of the Atlantic Coast and BIG EAST conferences.
  • UVA is 68-12 (.850) over the past three seasons, while Villanova is 70-9 (.886).
  • UVA last faced consecutive ranked teams in non-league play in the regular season on Nov. 26 and 27 and Dec. 4, 2002 – vs. No. 15 Kentucky, No. 19 Indiana and No. 21 Michigan State. The UK and IU games were in the Maui Classic and the MSU game was in East Lansing.
  • UVA ranks sixth nationally in scoring defense (57.1 ppg) and turnover margin (1.77).
  • UVA is shooting 51.1 percent from the field (best since 52.3% in 1982-83), 38.3 percent from 3-point range (best since 38.8% in 2010-11) and 74.3 percent from the free throw line (best since 74.8% in 2009-10).
  • Senior forward Anthony Gill is the reigning ACC Player of the Week after tallying his fourth career double-double vs. West Virginia.


Broadcast Information

  • The Virginia-Villanova game will be televised on ESPN2, streamed online at and broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network, ESPN Radio, and Virginia Athletics mobile app on iTunes or Android.
  • Live statistics will be located on and the Virginia Sports app.


The Head Coaches

  • Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 144-65 in seven seasons at UVA and 213-98 in 10 seasons overall.
  • Villanova: Jay Wright (Bucknell, 1983), 327-153 in 15 seasons at Villanova and 449-238 in 22 seasons overall.


UVA All-Time vs. Villanova

  • The Cavaliers own a 4-2 advantage over the Wildcats in the all-time series that dates back to 1981.
  • UVA and Villanova last met during the 2004 NIT when the Wildcats defeated the Cavaliers 73-63 at The Pavilion in Villanova, Pa.
  • UVA is 1-0 vs. Villanova in Charlottesville, defeating the Wildcats 88-59 on Jan. 17, 1987 at University Hall.


Last Time vs. Villanova

  • Villanova’s Allan Ray tallied 23 points and Randy Foye added 21 to lead the Wildcats to a 73-63 win over Virginia in the first round of the 2004 NIT.
  • Gary Forbes led the Cavaliers with 19 points and Elton Brown added 13 points as UVA finished the season 18-13.
  • Villanova held a 44-31 rebounding advantage as Curtis Sumpter grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for the Wildcats.


Last Time Out

  • Anthony Gill posted season highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth career double-double in then-No. 10 Virginia’s 70-54 win over then-No. 14 West Virginia in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 8 at Madison Square Garden.
  • Malcolm Brogdon added 14 points and London Perrantes added 13 points (5-6 FGs, 3-3 3FGs) in his return from an appendectomy.
  • UVA overcame a six-point halftime deficit by shooting 73.7 percent (14-19) from the field in the second half.
  • The Cavaliers committed a season-high 19 turnovers in the game.


‘Hoo Are These Wahoos?

  • UVA is averaging 76.3 points per game and yielding 57.1 ppg (6th nationally and most since 62.4 in 2010-11).
  • Virginia ranks No. 1 overall in the overall ratings.
  • The Cavaliers rank sixth in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.77), 11th in field goal percentage (51.1%), tied for 11th in turnover margin (5.0) and 15th in scoring margin (19.0).
  • Senior All-America candidate Malcolm Brogdon leads UVA in scoring for the third consecutive season at a career-best 16.9 points per game, while All-ACC performer Anthony Gill is averaging a career high 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds.
  • Brogdon has four 20-point efforts, including a career-high 28 at George Washington), and Gill has reached double figures in scoring in all nine games.
  • London Perrantes is averaging career highs in points (10.4), assists (5.1) and 3-point field goal percentage (53.8%).
  • UVA has out-rebounded its opponents in seven of its eight wins and has a +8.0 rebounding margin overall.
  • Nine players are averaging 10 or more minutes per game.
  • The Cavaliers have shot 50 percent or better from 3-point range in three of their last six games.


On The Horizon

  • Virginia hosts California in non-conference action on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 9 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

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