Game Preview: No. 10 Virginia plays at Ohio State in Big Ten/ACC Challenge
- No. 10 Virginia is 9-6 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
- The Cavaliers meet Ohio State for the first time since three-time National and ACC Player of the Year Ralph Sampson’s epic performance vs. the Buckeyes on national television in 1981.
- Virginia has scored 80 or more points in four consecutive games for the first time under Tony Bennett and for the first time since totaling 80 or more in the first four games of the 2006-07 season.
- All-American Malcolm Brogdon has recorded back-to-back 20-point games and leads UVA in scoring for the third straight season at a career-best 16.7 points per game.
- The Cavaliers’ five wins each have come by 17 points or more.
- The Virginia-Ohio State game will be televised on ESPN, streamed online at WatchESPN.com and 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 the Virginia Sports app.
The Head Coaches
- Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 141-65 in seven seasons at UVA and 210-98 in 10 seasons overall.
- Ohio State: Thad Matta (Butler, 1990), 301-97 in 12 seasons at Ohio State and 403-128 in 16 seasons overall.
Virginia All-Time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge
- The Cavaliers have a 9-6 record, including a 4-4 road mark, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
- Virginia defeated former ACC rival Maryland 76-65 in College Park in the Challenge last season.
- UVA has won its last three road games in the event, winning at Minnesota (2010), Wisconsin (2012) and Maryland (2014).
- The ACC leads the Big Ten in the Challenge 10-4-2 in 16 years of competition between the two conferences.
- The Big Ten captured the Commissioner’s Cup last season, winning eight of the 14 matchups.
- The ACC looks for its first win in the Challenge since winning 10 straight from 1999-2008.
All-Time vs. Ohio State
- Virginia and Ohio State will meet for the first time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and fifth time overall.
- UVA and OSU last met in 1981 when Ralph Sampson poured in 40 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in UVA’s 89-73 win over Ohio State.
- The Buckeyes own a 3-1 advantage, including a 2-0 mark in Columbus, over the Cavaliers in the all-time series that dates back to 1931-32.
Last Time Out
- Malcolm Brogdon tallied 23 points to lead then-No. 12 Virginia to an 80-54 win over Lehigh in non-conference action on Nov. 25.
- Darius Thompson (12 points), Marial Shayok (11 points) and Anthony Gill (10 points) also reached double figures as UVA reached 80 points for the fourth straight game.
- London Perrantes dished out a game-high eight assists and UVA out-rebounded the Mountain Hawks 37-29.
- UVA shot 50 percent or better from the field for the fourth straight game, hitting 34-65 attempts for 52.3 percent.
Back To The Future
- Virginia’s 81.0 points per game average is its highest under Tony Bennett and highest since averaging 85.0 points in 2000-01.
- UVA has tallied 80 or more points in five of six games this season, including four straight, after recording 80 or more points in two of 34 games in 2014-15.
- The last time UVA scored 80 or more points in five straight games was a seven-game stretch from Jan. 16-Feb. 7, 2001.
- The Cavaliers scored 82 or more points in three straight games (Nov. 19-22 at Charleston Classic) for the first time since the first three games of the 2001-02 season.
‘Hoo Are These Wahoos?
- UVA is averaging 81.0 points per game and yielding 58.3 ppg (most since 62.4 ppg in 2010-11).
- Senior All-America candidate Malcolm Brogdon leads UVA in scoring for the third consecutive season at a career-best 16.7 points per game, while All-ACC performer Anthony Gill is averaging 12.5 points and 5.2 rebounds.
- Brogdon has a trio 20-point efforts, including a career-high 28 at George Washington) and Gill has reached double figures in scoring in all six games.
- London Perrantes is averaging career highs in points (10.0), assists (5.3) and assist-to-turnover ratio (4.57).
- Mike Tobey, who was replaced in the starting lineup by Jack Salt vs. George Mason, leads the team in rebounding at 5.5 per game.
- Marial Shayok has reached double figures in scoring in three of the last four games, including a career-high 17 vs. Long Beach State, since joining the starting lineup.
- UVA has out-rebounded its opponents in each of its five wins and has a +10.2 rebounding margin overall.
- Nine players are averaging 10 or more minutes per game.
- The Cavaliers have shot 50 percent or better in each of their last four games for the first time since a four-game stretch last season (Dec. 3-21, 2014).
- UVA is shooting 51.7 percent from the field, 38.7 percent from 3-point range and 75.5 percent from the free throw line.
On The Horizon
- Virginia hosts William & Mary in non-conference action on Saturday, Dec. 5. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 2 p.m.
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