Game Notes: Second-ranked UVA hosts #4 Duke

uva-duke-headerSecond-ranked UVA (19-0, 7-0 ACC) hosts No. 4 Duke (17-3, 4-3 ACC) in ACC action on Saturday (Jan. 31). Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game is sold out.


For Openers

  • Virginia (19-0) is off to its best start since the 1980-81 season when that team led by legendary center Ralph Sampson started 23-0.
  • UVa has started 7-0 in ACC play for the first time since the 1980-81 team started 12-0.
  • UVa ranks first nationally in scoring defense at 49.2 points per game.
  • Virginia is first in the ACC at 7-0, while Duke is tied for sixth at 4-3.
  • The Cavaliers have won 14 of their 19 games by 11 or more points.
  • Virginia will play three consecutive games vs. top-15 opponents (No. 4 Duke, No. 13 North Carolina and No. 10 Louisville) for the first time since 1997 (No. 13 North Carolina, No. 2 Wake Forest and No. 13 Duke).
  • Virginia’s Tony Bennett and Mike Tobey, and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow helped Team USA to the gold medal at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.


Broadcast Information

  • The Virginia-Duke game will be televised on ESPN and streamed online at and
  • 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.


The Head Coaches
Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 125-60 in six seasons at UVa and 194-93 in nine seasons overall.
Duke: Mike Krzyzewski (Army, 1969), 927-250 in 35 seasons at Duke and 1,000-309 in 40 seasons overall.


UVa Ranked No. 2 For Third Straight Week

  • UVa is ranked No. 2 in the AP poll for the third straight week.
  • Prior to this year, the Cavaliers achieved their last No. 2 ranking on March 8, 1983.
  • Virginia has delivered three of the nine home losses by teams currently ranked in the top 16 of this week’s AP poll (Notre Dame, VCU, Maryland).
  • The Cavaliers have been ranked in the top 10 for the first 11 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.
  • UVa is one of three teams (Duke and Arizona) that have been ranked in the top 10 for 15 straight weeks dating back to last season.


Virginia All-Time vs. Duke

  • UVa meets Duke for the 167th time overall and 72nd time in Charlottesville in a series that dates back to 1910-11.
  • Virginia is 50-116 all-time vs. Duke, including a 72-63 win in the 2014 ACC Tournament final on March 16 in Greensboro, N.C.
  • Duke posted a 69-65 win over Virginia during the 2013-14 regular season in Durham.
  • The Cavaliers have won two of the last three games vs. Duke, including a 73-68 win behind Joe Harris’ 36 points in the last meeting between the teams in Charlottesville in 2012-13.
  • Head coach Tony Bennett is 2-6 all-time against Duke at UVa.


Last Time vs. Duke

  • Malcolm Brogdon tallied a career-high 23 points and Joe Harris added 15 points to lead Virginia to a 72-63 win over Duke in the ACC Tournament championship game.
  • Anthony Gill added 12 points, including 10 from the free throw line, and Akil Mitchell chipped in seven points, a game-high 15 rebounds and two blocked shots for UVa.
  • Jabari Parker led Duke with 23 points on 9-of-24 shooting.


Last Time Out

  • Justin Anderson scored eight of his 12 points during a late 12-0 run to send No. 2 Virginia to a 50-47 victory at Virginia Tech.
  • Virginia Tech went on a 16-0 run after Malcolm Brogdon (8 points) opened the second half with a 3-pointer for the Cavaliers, who have won five straight games against the Hokies in Blacksburg.
  • Darion Atkins chipped in nine points, and Anthony Gill added eight points and seven rebounds for Virginia.
  • London Perrantes had a game-high seven assists for Virginia, which outrebounded Virginia Tech 33-21.
  • Adam Smith led the Hokies with 15 points.


There’s No Place Like Home

  • UVa is 118-35 (.771) in nine seasons, including a 10-0 mark in 2014-15, at John Paul Jones Arena.
  • UVa owns the nation’s seventh-longest home winning streak at 21 games and 20 of the 21 victories have been by double digits.
  • UVa’s current 21-game home winning streak is a JPJ record.
  • UVa is 80-19 (.808) at home under head coach Tony Bennett.
  • Virginia has sold out home contests vs. Harvard, Davidson, Duke (1/31), Louisville (2/7), Wake Forest (2/14), Pitt (2/16), Florida State (2/22) and Virginia Tech (2/28) this season.
  • Virginia’s school-best, 21-game ACC home winning streak is the longest current streak in the league and the longest in the ACC since Duke’s 22-game ACC home winning streak from 2002-04.


On The Horizon

  • Virginia travels to North Carolina for a road ACC contest on Monday, Feb. 2. Tipoff at the Smith Center is set for 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN as part of ACC Big Monday.

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