game notes no 7 uva battles iowa emerald coast classic friday

Game Notes: No. 7 UVA battles Iowa in Emerald Coast Classic on Friday

virginia uvaNo. 7 UVA (4-0) battles Iowa (3-1) in the semifinals of the Emerald Coast Classic on Friday(Nov. 25) in Niceville, Fla. Tipoff at The Arena is set for 7 p.m.


For Openers

  • Virginia meets Iowa for the third time and first since the Hawkeyes posted a 75-64 win over Virginia in the NIT quarterfinals on March 27, 2013.
  • The Cavaliers rank first in the nation in scoring defense at 38.8 points per game.
  • UVA is the first team in Division I to hold three straight opponents (St. Francis Brooklyn, Yale and Grambling State) to fewer than 40 points in the last 20 years.
  • UVA is also the first team in ACC history (1953-present) to hold three straight opponents to fewer than 40 points.
  • UVA is seeking its fourth straight regular-season tournament championships, posting titles in Corpus Christi (2013), Brooklyn (2014) and Charleston (2015).
  • The Cavaliers have a two-game losing streak in the state of Florida and are 2-19 it their last 21 games in the Sunshine State.


Broadcast Information

  • The Virginia-Iowa game will be television on CBS Sports Network, streamed online on (subscription) and broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network, 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), 169-72 in eight seasons at UVA and 238-105 in 11 seasons overall.
  • Iowa: Fran McCaffery (Pennsylvania, 1982), 121-87 in six seasons at Iowa and 372-264 in 21 seasons overall.


Hoo Are These Cavaliers?

  • Virginia is led by senior point guard London Perrantes, who is a Wooden and Naismith Player of the Year and ACC Player of the Year candidate.
  • Perrantes is averaging 8.0 points, 4.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds.
  • Marial Shayok leads UVA in scoring at 12.5 points per game and has scored in double figures in three games off the bench.
  • Newcomer Kyle Guy is averaging 11.0 points on 70 percent shooting, while Isaiah Wilkins leads UVA in rebounding at 5.8 per game.
  • Darius Thompson is averaging 9.8 points and Mamadi Diakite is averaging 7.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots, respectively.



UVA Ranked No. 7/6 in Latest Polls

  • UVA is ranked No. 7 in the latest Associated Press and No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches’ polls.
  • UVA has been ranked in the top 10 in 10 consecutive AP polls and 11 consecutive coaches’ polls dating back to last season.
  • The Cavaliers were ranked in top 10 in the preseason rankings (No. 8/7) for the third straight season, matching a school-best from 1981-83.
  • UVA has been ranked in the top 10 in 40 of the last 44 AP polls.
  • UVA has finished in the top 10 (No. 3 in 2014 & No. 6 in 2015 and No. 4 in 2016) in the final AP rankings in three consecutive seasons for the first time since 1981-83.


Last Time Out

  • Kyle Guy tallied a career-high 20 points in only 13 minutes to lead No. 7 UVA to a 90-34 win over Grambling State on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
  • The Cavaliers (4-0) made quick work of the undermanned Tigers, running off 26 consecutive points to end the first half leading 49-9.
  • The final score marked the 17th time in Bennett’s career at Virginia that the Cavaliers held an opponent below 40 points – and the third game in a row.
  • Marial Shayok and Darius Thompson added 12 points apiece and all 13 players who played scored for Virginia.
  • Grambling’s nine halftime points were the lowest scored in a first half of any Division I game in 2016-17.


All-Time vs. Iowa

  • UVA is 0-2 all-time against Iowa, with both games coming during tournament play, in the series that dates back to the 1996-97 season.
  • In addition to the 2013 NIT quarterfinal contest, Iowa defeated Virginia 73-60 in the first round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah.


All-Time Against The Big Ten Conference

  • UVA is 100-129 all-time vs. current Big Ten Conference opponents.
  • The Cavaliers meet their first Big Ten opponent since defeating Ohio State 64-58 during last season’s B1G/ACC Challenge.
  • The Cavaliers are 6-5 against Big Ten opponents under head coach Tony Bennett, including wins against Maryland, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio State, Rutgers and Wisconsin.
  • In addition to Iowa, UVA meets Ohio State in the ACC/B1G Challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 30.


On The Horizon

  • The Virginia-Iowa winner advances to the Emerald Coast Classic championship games against the Providence-Memphis winner on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. The consolation contest is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday.


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