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#1 seed UVa. faces #3 seed Duke in ACC Tournament Championship


uva-duke-headerNo. 1 seed UVa. (27-6) will play No. 3 seed Duke (26-7) in the 61st annual ACC Tournament final on Sunday, March 16. Tipoff at Greensboro Coliseum (23,500) is set for 1 p.m.

Broadcast Information
The Virginia-Duke game will be televised by ESPN and the ACC Network and online at WatchESPN.com. The game will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network, ESPN Radio and SiriusXM (Channel 84) satellite radio. Live statistics are located on VirginiaSports.com, as well as the Virginia Sports app, which is available free of charge through iTunes. Fans can also follow the game via Twitter at @UVaMensHoops.

For Openers
• No. 1 seed Virginia plays No. 3 seed Duke (26-7) in the 61st Annual ACC Tournament final on Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m.
• The Cavaliers are playing in their seventh ACC Tournament final and first since 1994 (73-66 loss to North Carolina).
Virginia went 0-1 vs. No. 3 seed Duke in the regular season.
• The Cavaliers rank No. 1 nationally in scoring defense at 55.1 ppg.
• UVa’s 27-6 record is its best through 33 games since 1982-83 (29-4).

A Win vs. Duke Would…
• Give UVa its second ACC Tournament championship and first since 1976 (67-62 win vs. North Carolina in Landover, Md.).
• Give Virginia 28 wins for the first time since winning 29 in 1982-83.
• Give Virginia 13 combined road/neutral wins for the first time since 18 in 1982-83.
• Give Virginia its fourth ACC Tournament win over Duke (1973, 1983 and 1994).
• Give Virginia a win over all 14 other ACC teams this season.
• Give Virginia 74 wins over the last three seasons, its most in a three-year period since 80 wins from 1982-84.

2013-14 Virginia Accomplishments
Virginia won its sixth ACC regular-season title (second outright) and gained its second No. 1 seed for the ACC Tournament.
• Virginia’s 16-2 ACC record is a program-best and ties the ACC record for most league wins in a season (1998-99 Duke).
• With 27 wins, Virginia is one of three teams (NC Central & Southeast Missouri State) in the nation to improve its win total in each of the past five seasons.
Virginia secured its third consecutive ACC winning season (16-2, 11-7, 9-7) for the first time since 1981-83.
Virginia secured its third straight 20-win season for the first time since 1991-93.
• UVa set a school record with 12 ACC wins by 10 or more points.
• With 16 ACC wins, Virginia became the second ACC school to improve its ACC record in five consecutive seasons (Georgia Tech under Bobby Cremins from 1982-86).
• UVa has won a school-record 18 straight ACC home games.
• UVa set a school record with 13 consecutive ACC wins.
Virginia won a school-record seven ACC road contests.

Virginia All-Time in the ACC Tournament
Virginia is 33-59 all-time in the ACC Tournament.
• UVa has a two-game ACC Tournament winning streak after entering the tournament on a four-game losing streak.
Virginia is 15-24 in ACC Tournament games in Greensboro.
• The Cavaliers are 1-5 all-time in the ACC Tournament final.
• UVa captured the 1976 ACC Tournament title with a 67-62 win over North Carolina.

All-Time vs. Duke
• UVa meets Duke for the 166th time overall and 19th time in the ACC Tournament in a series that dates back to 1910-11.
Virginia is 49-116 all-time vs. Duke, including a 69-65 loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Jan. 13.
• The Cavaliers are 1-4 in their last five games vs. Duke and 1-9 in their last 10.
Virginia defeated Duke 73-68 last season in Charlottesville behind Joe Harris’ career-high 36 points.
• Head coach Tony Bennett is 1-6 all-time against Duke at UVa.

Last Time vs. Duke
• The Cavaliers lost 69-65 at Duke on Jan. 13.
• Rasheed Sulaimon tallied 21 points off the bench, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 18.8 seconds left, and Amile Jefferson (10 points and 15 rebounds) clinched the win with a pair of free throws with 6.8 seconds left after Virginia erased an 11-point deficit.
Malcolm Brogdon had 17 points and Joe Harris added 15 for UVa.
Virginia outrebounded Duke, 34-31, behind Akil Mitchell’s team-high nine rebounds.

Last Time Out
Anthony Gill hit two free throws with 8.5 seconds left to help Virginia hold off Pittsburgh 51-48 in Saturday’s semifinals.
• Justin Anderson secured the win with a block on James Robinson’s 3-point attempt with three seconds left.
Joe Harris led UVa with 12 points, while Malcolm Brogdon and Anthony Gill each added 10 points.
Akil Mitchell had eight points and eight rebounds for UVa.
• Talib Zanna and Lamar Patterson had 15 points apiece for Pitt.

Last Time in the ACC Tournament Final
Virginia suffered a 73-66 loss to North Carolina in the 1994 ACC Tournament final at the Charlotte Coliseum.
• Harold Deane led Virginia with a game-high 19 points and UVa assistant coach Jason Williford had six points and three assists.

Team Notes
Virginia is 5-0 at neutral sites this season.
• Virginia’s 27 wins are its most since 29 in 1982-83.
• UVa has held 20 consecutive opponents under 50 percent shooting.

Player Notes
Joe Harris (1,639 points) needs eight points to pass John Crotty (1988-91, 1,646 points) for 12th place on UVa’s all-time scoring list.
Akil Mitchell moved into ninth place on Virginia’s all-time rebounding list with eight rebounds in the win over Pitt.

Up Next
Virginia will learn its NCAA Tournament fate during the NCAA Men’s Division I Selection Show on Sunday, March 16 at 6 p.m. on CBS.



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