Game Notes: Second-ranked UVA hosts #4 Duke
- 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.
- The Virginia-Duke game will be televised on ESPN and streamed online at WatchESPN.com and ESPN3.com.
- The game will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network, VirginiaSports.com and Virginia Athletics mobile app on iTunes or Android.
- Live statistics will be located on VirginiaSports.com 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.