Live Coverage: #7 Virginia hosts Virginia Tech in ACC basketball

virginia virginia techJoin Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham for live coverage as seventh-ranked Virginia (19-4, 8-3 ACC) hosts in-state rival Virginia Tech (13-11, 5-6 ACC) Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.

 

Ticket Information

  • Single-game tickets are on sale for the Virginia-Virginia Tech game. Tickets can be purchased online at VirginiaSports.com or by phone at 1-800-542-8821.

 

Broadcast Information

  • The Virginia-Virginia Tech game will be televised on the ACC Network (WVIR-TV locally), streamed online at ESPN3.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.

 

Inside Virginia Tech

  • How to explain Zach LeDay? The 6’7” junior has a lot of hitch in the giddyup on that ugly-as-sin jumper, but the kid is effective, scoring 16.0 points per game on 47.5 percent shooting from the field and 41.7 percent from three-point range, and pulling down a team-best 8.3 rebounds per game. He also gets to the free-throw line (6.2 attempts per game) and connects on 79.2 percent.
  • Seth Allen was the problem for Virginia in the 70-68 loss in Blacksburg last month, initiating the offense through pick-and-rolls that the Cavs never could seem to figure out. Allen, a 6’1” junior, is averaging 14.4 points on 37.7 percent shooting from the field and 28.2 percent from three, and underwater assist-turnover numbers (64 assists/76 TOs).
  • Justin Bibbs is second in the ACC in three-point shooting (47.8 percent), though his numbers have been in decline of late. Since hitting 4-of-5 in the win over UVA, he has gone 17-of-50 (34.0 percent) over the past nine.
  • Team Defense: The Hokies allow opponents to score 1.007 points per possession (116th nationally, 11th in the ACC) and 72.8 points per game (14th in the ACC). Opponents shoot 42.8 percent from the field (ninth in the ACC) and 33.3 percent from three (fifth in the ACC). Tech is 13th in the ACC in defensive rebound percentage (67.2 percent).
  • Team Offense: Virginia Tech scores 1.066 points per possession (also 116th nationally, and here 13th in the ACC) and 75.3 points per game (ninth in the ACC). Tech shoots 44.4 percent from the field (10th in the ACC) and 34.5 percent from three (also 10th in the ACC) and is 11th in the ACC in offensive rebound percentage (31.4 percent).
  • Tempo: 71.2 possessions per game (82nd nationally, fourth in the ACC).

 

Inside Virginia

  • Malcolm Brogdon is scoring 19.8 points per game in ACC play (third-best in the ACC). For the season, Brogdon is averaging 17.9 points, shooting 46.2 percent from the field, 40.7 percent from three and 86.9 percent from the line. Brogs also pulls down 4.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.8 assists per game.
  • Anthony Gill has made three shots from the field the past two games, all dunks. His shooting from the field is down from above 60 percent to 58.6 percent, and he’s averaging 14.2 points and 6.1 rebounds a game.
  • London Perrantes is shooting 50.0 percent from three-point range in ACC play (second-best in the conference) and 52.9 percent for the season (best in the ACC). LP averages 11.4 points, shoots 47.9 percent from the field and 4.3 assists.
  • Team Defense: Virginia allows opponents to score .932 points per possession (15th nationally, second in the ACC) and 60.1 points per game (also second in the ACC). Opponents shoot 41.8 percent from the field (fifth in the ACC) and 34.8 percent from three (10th in the ACC). UVA leads the ACC in defensive rebound percentage (75.2 percent).
  • Team Offense: Virginia scores 1.181 points per possession (eighth nationally, fourth in the ACC) and 71.6 points per game (12th in the ACC). UVA leads the ACC in shooting from the field (49.5 percent) and from three (41.1 percent). The Cavs are 14th in offensive rebound percentage (30.1 percent).
  • Tempo: 62.1 possessions per game (350th nationally, 15th in the ACC).
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