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#17 UVa. basketball plays at Virginia Tech on Tuesday


#17 UVa. (21-5, 12-1 ACC) travels to in-state rival Virginia Tech (9-15, 2-10 ACC) for an ACC game on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Tipoff at Cassell Coliseum (9,847) is set for 9 p.m.

Broadcast Information
The Virginia-Virginia Tech game will be televised by the ACC Network and online at ESPN3.com. The game will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network and Sirius (Channel 108) and XM (Channel 192) satellite radio stations. 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.

Ticket Information
Tickets for the Virginia-Virginia Tech game may be purchased online at HokieSports.com.

For Openers
Virginia has won nine straight games and meets Virginia Tech for the second time this season.
Virginia ranks No. 1 nationally in scoring defense at 55.6 ppg.
• Virginia’s 12-1 start in the ACC is its best since starting 12-1 in 1981-82.
• Virginia’s 21-5 record is its best through 26 games since 1982-83 (23-3).
• As of Feb. 17, Virginia is second in the ACC at 12-1 and Virginia Tech is tied for 14th at 2-10.

A Win at Virginia Tech Would Give…
Virginia its first 10-game ACC winning streak since 1981-82.
Virginia a school-record seven ACC road wins.
Virginia its first 13-1 start in the ACC since going 13-1 in 1980-81.
Virginia 13 ACC wins for the second time in school history (13-1 in 1980-81).
Virginia 10 combined road/neutral wins for the first time since 1994-95 (11).
Virginia its fifth straight win vs. Virginia Tech.
Virginia its fourth straight win vs. the Hokies at Cassell Coliseum and second straight two-game regular-season series sweep.

All-Time vs. Virginia Tech
Virginia is 85-53 all-time vs. Virginia Tech in the series that dates back to 1914-15.
• Head coach Tony Bennett is 6-3 all-time vs. Virginia Tech.
• The Cavaliers are 18-28, including a 5-14 mark at Cassell Coliseum, against the Hokies in Blacksburg.
• The Cavaliers have won four straight games against Virginia Tech, including a 65-45 decision on Jan. 25, and six of the last seven contests in the series.
Virginia posted a 74-58 win in Blacksburg last season behind Evan Nolte’s career-high 18 points.
Virginia is 4-1 against Virginia Tech in its last five games.

Last Time vs. the Hokies
Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 points, Joe Harris had 12 and Virginia closed the first half on a 21-6 run and cruised to a 65-45 win over Virginia Tech on Jan. 25.
London Perrantes added four assists and Justin Anderson had three blocked shots for Virginia.
• Devin Wilson scored 12 to lead the Hokies, who played without Adam Smith.
Virginia Tech finished with just 14 field goals on 42 attempts (33 percent), including a 3-for-18 showing from 3-point range.

Virginia in the Polls
Virginia is ranked a season-high No. 17 in the latest AP poll, marking its highest ranking since a No. 15 ranking on Jan. 16, 2012.
• No. 17/16 UVa is ranked for the second straight week after not being ranked for 11 straight weeks.
• Virginia’s No. 24 preseason AP ranking marked its first since being ranked No. 11 to start the 2001-02 season.
• The Cavaliers, who were ranked for the first two weeks, returned to the rankings this season for the first time since Feb. 27, 2012.

Last Time Out
Joe Harris had 16 points to lead four Cavaliers in double figures in a 63-58 road win at Clemson Saturday.
Malcolm Brogdon added 14 points, including 6-of-6 free throws in the last 1:21 to secure the win.
Mike Tobey (14 points) and Anthony Gill (12 points) combined to shoot 11-of-13 from the field in the win.
• Clemson’s K.J. McDaniels had a game-high 24 points before fouling out in the final seconds.

About the Cavaliers
Virginia has won 12 of its last 13 games and looks to win its ninth straight overall. The Cavaliers have defeated Florida State (78-66), North Carolina (76-61), Virginia Tech (65-45), Notre Dame (68-53), Pittsburgh (48-45), Boston College (77-67), Georgia Tech (64-45), Maryland (61-53) and Clemson (63-58) since their 69-65 loss at Duke on Jan. 13. A Virginia win against Virginia Tech would match its 13-1 ACC record in the 1980-81 season.

The Cavaliers’ success has been highlighted by their top-ranked defense, rebounding and balanced scoring. The Cavaliers are yielding 55.6 points per game and grabbing 55.0 percent of the rebounds, ruling the glass in 20 of 26 games. UVa also ranks eighth in the nation in field goal percentage defense at 38.4 percent.

Virginia is averaging 66.1 points per game, marking its highest total under head coach Tony Bennett. Virginia is averaging 23.3 bench points and has scored 44.0 percent of its points in the paint.

UVa sports a balanced scoring attack, led by Malcolm Brogdon and All-ACC performer Joe Harris. Brogdon leads the team at 12.3 points per game, while Harris is second at 11.8 ppg. Brogdon has a career-best 13-game double figures scoring streak. He ranks first in the ACC in free throw percentage (90.5%), sixth in field goal percentage (46.2%), ninth in steals (1.46 spg) and 11th in scoring (15.1 ppg) and 16th in rebounding (6.2 rpg) during league play.

Versatile guard Justin Anderson has recorded 9.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Anthony Gill has registered 7.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Mike Tobey has chipped in 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Akil Mitchell has added 6.9 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds per game. Mitchell is sixth in the ACC at 8.2 rebounds per game during league play. Freshman point guard London Perrantes ranks first in ACC action in assist to turnover ratio (4.67) and fourth in assists (4.31 apg).

Up Next
Virginia hosts Notre Dame on Saturday, Feb. 22. Tipoff at sold out John Paul Jones Arena is set for 2 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2.



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