Live Coverage: #5 Virginia hosts Oakland


virginia basketballAugusta Free Press editor Chris Graham leads our live coverage as #5 Virginia (10-1) hosts Oakland (8-4) at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va.

 

Broadcast Information: #5 Virginia hosts Oakland

  • The UVA-Oakland game will be televised on ESPNU, 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.

 

Game Notes

Bombs away: Max Hooper has a stat line that the likes of Keith Friel would love. The 6’6” redshirt senior is 46-of-103 from the floor, 44.7 percent, and every single one of his attempts has been a three-point shot. He gets open looks from Felder penetrating and dishing. That comes to just short of nine attempts a game from behind the arc, and four makes.

As a team, Oakland averages 23.3 attempts from three per game, and shoots 39.3 percent on those shots. Virginia opponents are shooting 32.6 percent from long range and 41.7 percent overall.

 

The Virginia juggernaut: Virginia is shooting 50.4 percent from the field through 11 games, 14th nationally, and 41.8 percent from three-point range, also 14th nationally there.

The shooting from three is particularly impressive given that before the season the narrative was that Virginia would struggle from long-range the loss of Justin Anderson (a 45.2 shooter from three-point range in 2014-2015) to the NBA.

London Perrantes has stepped up big-time. The junior point guard is a lights-out 57.6 percent (19-of-33) from three this season, after shooting 31.6 percent from long range in 2014-2015.

Sophomore Darius Thompson is at 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from behind the arc, after shooting 19.5 percent in his freshman season at Tennessee in 2013-2014. And senior Malcolm Brogdon is shooting 41.8 percent (23-of-55) this season after hitting 34.4 percent of his threes in 2014-2015.



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