Game Notes: Top-ranked Virginia hosts Notre Dame on Senior Day

uva notre dameTop-ranked Virginia (27-2, 16-1 ACC) closes out the regular-season by hosting Notre Dame (18-12, 8-9 ACC) during Senior Day on Saturday, March 3. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena (14,623) is set for 4 p.m.

For Openers

  • UVA is first in the ACC at 16-1 and Notre Dame is ninth at 8-9.
  • UVA clinched its fourth outright ACC championship (thirdin five yearsunder head coach Tony Bennett) with its 66-37 win at Pitt.
  • Seniors Devon Hall, Nigel Johnson and Isaiah Wilkins, and managers Sydney Stokes, Will Gent and Austin Nelson will be honored prior to the game.
  • UVA ranks first nationally in scoring defense (52.6 ppg), turnovers per game (8.9) and winning percentage (93.1%), second in fouls per game (13.9), third in field goal percentage defense (37.6%), sixth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (29.9%), seventh in scoring margin (14.9) and 10th in turnover margin (4.2) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.52).

Broadcast Information

  • The Virginia-Notre Dame contest will be televised on the ACC Network and streamed online on ACC Network Extra ( and ESPN App, and broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network, and Virginia Athletics mobile app on iTunes or Android.

The Head Coaches

  • Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 215-85 in nine seasons at UVA and 284-118 in 12 seasons overall.
  • Notre Dame: Mike Brey (George Washington, 1982), 400-199 in 18 seasons at Notre Dame and 499-251 in 23 seasons overall.

A Win vs. Notre Dame Would:

  • Give UVA an ACC record 17 league wins.
  • Give UVA 28 or more wins for the seventh time in history.
  • Give UVA a 25-3 all-time record as the No. 1 team in the nation.
  • Give UVA an 11-2 all-time mark vs. Notre Dame.
  • Give UVA a five-game winning streak.

UVA Ranked No. 1 For Third Consecutive Week

  • Virginia is ranked No. 1 in the AP poll for the third straight week.
  • On Feb. 12, UVA earned its first No. 1 ranking since Dec. 21, 1982 (650 weeks between No. 1 rankings).
  • The Cavaliers are the first team to ascend to No. 1 following a loss (a 61-60 setback to in-state rival Virginia Tech).
  • UVA is 24-3 all-time in the 13 weeks as the top-ranked team.
  • The Cavaliers are the fourth team in the Top 25 era (1990-present) to earn a No. 1 ranking after being unranked in the preseason (Kansas, 1990; Syracuse, 2010; Baylor, 2017).
  • UVA has been ranked in the AP poll for 14 straight weeks and has been ranked in the top 10 in each of the past 10 polls.
  • Virginia is the fifth team in ACC history to move from unranked in preseason to the top 3, joining Miami (2012-13), Georgia Tech (2003-04), Wake Forest (1980-81) and North Carolina (1972-73).
  • UVA is the lone ACC team to be ranked in the top 3 in four of the past five seasons.
  • The Cavaliers received votes in the first three AP polls, snapping a streak of 64 consecutive weeks in the AP rankings since Feb. 3, 2014.

UVA No. 1 in Ken Pom Efficiency Ratings

  • UVA ranks No. 1 in the overall and adjusted defense efficiency ratings and No. 37 in the adjusted offense ratings.
  • UVA is shooting 46.1 percent, 38.8 percent from 3-point range and 75.8 percent from the free throw line.
  • UVA has shot 50 percent or better in 10 games and limited its opponents to less than 50 percent shooting in 28 of 29 games.

Last Time Out

  • De’Andre Hunter’s 3-pointer as time expired gave No. 1 Virginia a 67-66 victory over Louisville on March 1 in a wild finish that made the Cavaliers the first ACC team to go 9-0 on the road in league play.
  • The Cavaliers (27-2, 16-1) tied the game at 58 with 2 minutes left and overcame another five-point deficit in the final minute.
  • Louisville (19-11, 9-8) led 66-64 and tried to inbounds with .9 seconds left, but Virginia got the ball after Deng Adel (18 points) was called for traveling on the baseline.
  • Hunter sank a long 3 that banked in at the horn, sparking a wild dog pile of Cavaliers celebrating in front of Louisville bench.
  • Ty Jerome scored 21 points while Devon Hall and Kyle Guy each had 10 and Hunter seven.

All-Time Against Notre Dame

  • Virginia is 10-2 all-time vs. Notre Dame, including a 5-0 ACC regular-season record, in the series that dates back to 1980-81.
  • UVA is 3-0 against Notre Dame in Charlottesville and held a 10-game winning streak in the series prior to Notre Dame’s 71-58 win in the 2017 ACC Tournament.
  • Head coach Tony Bennett is 6-1 all-time against Notre Dame, including a 61-41 win over the Fighting Irish as head coach at Washington State in the 2008 NCAA Tournament in Denver, Colo.

Last Time Against the Fighting Irish

  • First-team All-ACC selection Bonzie Colson had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 3 seed Notre Dame to a 71-58 win over No. 6 seed Virginia in 2017 ACC Tournament quarterfinal action.
  • Matt Farrell added 14 points and VJ Beachem and Steve Vasturia each added 12 as the Fighting Irish shot 52.2 percent in the win.
  • Darius Thompson and Devon Hall led UVA with 12 points each and Ty Jerome and Marial Shayok each added 10.
  • Hall tied a career high with nine rebounds to lead Virginia.
  • Notre Dame held the Cavaliers to 38.6 percent shooting, but UVA out-rebounded Notre Dame 32-31.

Getting Defensive

  • UVA has limited its foes to 52.6 points per game (2nd best in school history).
  • UVA has held 21 opponents to 60 or fewer points.
  • UVA has held 12 opponents to fewer than 50 points (UNCG, Austin Peay, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Savannah State, Hampton, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Clemson, Syracuse and Pitt).
  • UVA has held three opponents to fewer than 40 points (Wisconsin, Clemson and Pitt).
  • Six opponents (UNCG, Austin Peay, Savannah State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech & Clemson) have committed more turnovers than made field goals.
  • UVA has held 22 foes to less than 43 percent shooting.
  • The Cavaliers have held 16 opponents to 30 percent or less shooting from 3-point range.
  • Bennett-coached teams have led the nation in scoring defense four times and finished in the top-five nationally in eight of 11 seasons.

About the Cavaliers

  • UVA is led by tri-captains Devon Hall, Isaiah Wilkins and Jack Salt.
  • The announcement of Hall, Wilkins and Salt marked the first time in Bennett’s 12-year head coaching career where he officially named team captains.
  • UVA has averaged 67.5 points per game on offense, while yielding a nation-leading 52.6 ppg (second lowest in school history) on defense.
  • UVA has started Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy, Hall, Wilkins and Salt in each of its 29 games.
  • UVA is one of six schools to have the same starting five this season (Central Michigan, Davidson, Montana, Old Dominion and Penn).
  • Guy leads the team in scoring at 14.3 points per game and has reached double figures in 23 games, including a career-high 29 points at VCU (11/17/17).
  • Hall has averaged 11.7 points and Wilkins is averaging team-highs in rebounds (6.4) and blocked shots (1.6).
  • Jerome is averaging 10.5 points and team highs in assists (3.7 apg) and steals (1.5 spg).
  • Salt has chipped in 4.2 rebounds per game and 22 blocked shots.
  • Redshirt freshman De’Andre Hunter (9 ppg) has reached double figures in nine ACC games.
  • Graduate transfer Nigel Johnson is averaging 5.0 points and Mamadi Diakite has added 5.1 ppg & 2.9 rpg.
  • Jay Huff and Marco Anthony provide depth and fellow rookie Francesco Badocchi is redshirting the 2017-18 season.

There’s No Place Like Home

  • Virginia is 165-41 (.801), including a 15-1 mark in 2017-18, in 12 seasons at John Paul Jones Arena.
  • UVA’s recent 16-game home winning streak ended with the 61-60 overtime loss to Virginia Tech.
  • The Cavaliers finished undefeated at home (15-0) in 2015-16.
  • UVA is 127-25 (.836), including a 92-10 (.902) mark the past six seasons, at home under head coach Tony Bennett.
  • Virginia is an ACC-leading 48-5 (.905) in league home games over the past six seasons. Duke is second at 47-6 (.887).
  • UVA has won 11 or more home games for nine straight seasons.

On the Horizon

  • No. 1 seed Virginia plays the No. 8 or No. 9 seed in quarterfinal action at the 2018 ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y. Tipoff at Barclays Center is set forNoon ET.


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