Game Notes: No. 9 UVA hosts No. 6 Louisville on Monday

uva basketballNo. 9 UVA (17-5, 7-3 ACC) hosts No. 6 Louisville (19-4, 7-3 ACC) in ACC men’s basketball action on Monday, Feb. 6. Tipoff for the Big Monday showdown at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN.


For Openers

  • The Cavaliers own a three-game winning streak against the Cardinals, including a 61-53 in ACC-opening action on Dec. 28.
  • As of Feb. 5, Virginia and Louisville are tied for third in the ACC at 7-3.
  • The Cavaliers rank first nationally in scoring defense (54 ppg) and second in turnovers per game (9.9).
  • London Perrantes leads UVA in scoring at 11.9 points per game, marking the lowest scoring average to lead any UVA team in a single season (Malcolm Brogdon 12.7 ppg in 2013-14).
  • Ty Jerome is averaging 9.8 points and 19.8 minutes the past four games. Jerome had a career-best 15 points at Villanova (1/29/17).
  • Virginia is 38-2 in ACC home games since 2012-13.


Broadcast Information

  • The Virginia-Louisville game will be televised on ESPN, streamed online on ACC Network Extra 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), 182-77 in eight seasons at UVA and 251-110 in 11 seasons overall
  • Louisville: Rick Pitino (Massachusetts, 1974), 410-138 in 16 seasons at Louisville and 764-266 in 32 seasons overall


In The National Rankings

  • As of Feb. 5, UVA ranks first nationally in scoring defense (54 ppg), second in turnovers per game (9.9), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.56), 11th in field goal percentage (49.4%), 13th in 3-point field goal percentage (49.3%), 14th in scoring margin (+14.9), 16th in field goal percentage defense (39.2%), 19th in turnover margin (+3.5) and 22nd in fouls per game (16.1).
  • UVA has held four opponents to fewer than 40 points and was 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 was also the first team in ACC history (1953-present) to hold three straight opponents to fewer than 40 points.
  • The Cavaliers have held 14 of their opponents to 54 or fewer points and seven opponents to 50 or fewer points.


UVA Ranked No. 9/11 In Jan. 30 Polls

  • UVA is ranked No. 9 in the Jan. 30 AP poll and No. 11 in USA Today Coaches’ poll.
  • UVA has ranked in the top 15 in 56 of the last 58 AP polls.
  • UVA was 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 59 consecutive AP polls since Feb. 3, 2014.
  • 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.


All-Time vs. Louisville

  • The Cavaliers are 9-4 all-time vs. Louisville in the series that dates back to 1923-24.
  • UVA has a three-game winning streak against Louisville and is 4-1 vs. the Cardinals in ACC action.
  • UVA posted a 63-51 win at Louisville in its ACC opener on Dec. 28.
  • The Cavaliers are 4-1 against the Cardinals in Charlottesville, including wins in 2015 (52-47) and 2016 (68-46) at John Paul Jones Arena.
  • UVA has held Louisville to 59 or fewer points in five contests since the Cardinals joined the ACC in 2014-15.
  • Tony Bennett is 4-1 vs. Louisville as head coach at Virginia.
  • London Perrantes is Virginia’s current career leading scorer against Louisville, averaging 7.4 points, 5.4 assists and 3.6 rebounds in five career games against the Cardinals.


Last Time Against The Cardinals

  • Devon Hall tallied 10 points to lead then-No. 12 Virginia to a 61-53 win at No. 6 Louisville on Dec. 28, 2016.
  • London Perrantes added nine points, seven assists and four rebounds as UVA won at Louisville for the second straight season.
  • UVA jumped to a 16-4 lead and limited Louisville to 36.8 percent shooting in the first half.
  • The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Cardinals 31-26 en route to their third consecutive win against Louisville.
  • UVA tallied 18 points off 14 Louisville turnovers.
  • Deng Adel, Tony Hicks and Quentin Snider led the Cardinals with eight points each.


Last Time Out

  • Tyus Battle and Andrew White each scored 23 points to lift Syracuse to a 66-62 win over No. 9 Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Carrier Dome.
  • Kyle Guy led UVA with 14 points and London Perrantes added 11.
  • UVA led 34-22 at halftime, but Syracuse responded with a 19-2 run to begin the second half.
  • Syracuse shot 54.8 percent, marking a season high against the Cavaliers this season.
  • Ty Jerome added nine points for UVA and Mamadi Diakite chipped in eight points as the Cavaliers had 33 points off the bench.
  • UVA shot 50 percent from 3-point range, highlighted by Guy’s 4 of 6 effort.


Hoo Are These Wahoos?

  • UVA is led by senior point guard London Perrantes, who is averaging team highs in points (11.9 ppg) and assists (4 apg).
  • Isaiah Wilkins (7.5 ppg & 5.9 rpg) leads the team in rebounding, blocked shots (28) and steals (27).
  • Devon Hall is averaging 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, while Darius Thompson has added 6.5 points per game.
  • Marial Shayok is averaging 9.8 points and Kyle Guy is averaging 7.8 points to top all UVA rookies.
  • Jack Salt is averaging 3.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 18.7 minutes per game after averaging 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in 6.6 minutes per game last season.
  • Ty Jerome is averaging 9.8 points on 60.9 percent shooting, including 47.4 percent (9-19) from 3-point range, the past four games.
  • Mamadi Diakite and Jarred Reuter are role players off the bench.


On The Horizon

  • No. 9 Virginia travels to in-state rival Virginia Tech in the Commonwealth Clash on Sunday, Feb. 12. Tipoff at Cassell Coliseum is set for 6:30 p.m.

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