Home #3 UVA basketball opens home ACC slate Wednesday vs. N.C. State

#3 UVA basketball opens home ACC slate Wednesday vs. N.C. State


uva basketballNo. 3 UVA (13-0, 1-0 ACC) hosts NC State (11-4, 2-0 ACC) in its ACC home opener on Wednesday, Jan. 7. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 7 p.m.



Approximately 850 upper level tickets remain for the Virginia-NC State game. Ticket prices for the Virginia-NC State games are $20, $30 and $40 depending upon the seat location. Tickets game may be purchased online at VirginiaSports.com or through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office by telephone and in person. The ticket office is located in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium and open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-8821. Tickets may also be purchased on game day at the JPJ box office starting at 5:30 p.m.

For Openers

  • Virginia (13-0) is off to its best start since the 1980-81 season when that team led by legendary center Ralph Sampson started 23-0.
  • The Cavaliers have scored 80 or more points in back-to-back games for the first time under Tony Bennett.
  • UVa owns the nation’s eighth-longest current home winning streak at 18 games and can tie a John Paul Jones Arena record of 19 straight wins (2012-13) with a win over NC State.
  • UVa ranks second in the nation in scoring defense at 50.8 points per game.


The Head Coaches
Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 119-60 in six seasons at UVa and 188-93 in nine seasons overall.
NC State: Mark Gottfried (Alabama, 1987), 81-42 in four seasons at NC State and 359-197 in 18 seasons overall.


UVa Ranked in Top 10 For 10 Straight Weeks

  • UVa is ranked No. 3 in the latest Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls for the second straight week.
  • The Cavaliers have been ranked in the top 10 for the first nine weeks of the season for the first time since 1982-83.
  • The No. 9 AP preseason ranking was UVa’s best since a No. 1 ranking to start the 1982-83 season.


Series History

  • Virginia is 60-82 all-time vs. NC State in the series that dates back to 1912-13.
  • The Cavaliers are 6-0 in their last six regular season games and 7-3 in their last 10 against the Wolfpack overall.
  • UVa went 1-0 against NC State last season, winning 76-45 in Raleigh last season.
  • The 31-point margin of victory was the second-highest on the road under Tony Bennett (32 at Georgia Tech, Jan. 19, 2012).
  • Virginia has a five-game winning streak against the Wolfpack in Charlottesville.


Last Time Out

  • London Perrantes had a career-high 26 points and eight assists to send Virginia to a thrilling 89-80 double-overtime win at Miami on Saturday, Jan. 3.
  • Justin Anderson added 16 points, including the game-tying 3-pointer at the end of the first overtime, as UVa improved to 7-0 in its last seven ACC openers.
  • Mike Tobey added 14 points and Marial Shayok added nine points.
  • Darion Atkins continued his strong play off the bench with a career-high 12 rebounds, but UVa was outrebounded (43-39) for the first time this season.
  • The Cavaliers led 38-20 at the half, but Miami stormed back behind Angel Rodriguez who finished with a team-high 25 points and seven assists.


Last Time vs. NC State

  • The Cavaliers defeated NC State 76-45, marking their largest margin of victory (31 points) against the Wolfpack in Raleigh in series history.
  • Mike Tobey and Joe Harris led UVa with 16 points each, while Malcolm Brogdon added 13 points and Akil Mitchell had a game-high 12 rebounds.
  • London Perrantes added a game-high five assists and no turnovers.
  • Virginia limited the nation’s fifth-leading scorer T.J. Warren (23.4 ppg) to just four points.
  • The Cavaliers shot 83.3 percent (15-of-18) from the charity stripe.
  • UVa held NC State to 28.9 percent (13-of-45) from the floor and outrebounded the Wolfpack, 40-28.


On The Horizon

  • Virginia plays at Notre Dame in ACC action on Saturday, Jan. 10. Tipoff at Purcell Pavilion is set for 6 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.



Have a guest column, letter to the editor, story idea or a news tip? Email editor Chris Graham at [email protected]. Subscribe to AFP podcasts on Apple PodcastsSpotifyPandora and YouTube.