#8 UVA (1-0) hosts Norfolk State (1-0) in its home opener on Sunday (Nov. 16). Tipoff at the John Paul Jones Arena is set for 7 p.m. The Cavaliers, who opened the season with a 79-51 win at James Madison on Friday, have won their last 17 home-opening contests.
The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, streamed online on ESPN3.com and broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network. Live statistics will be located on VirginiaSports.com, as well as the Virginia Sports app, which is available free of charge through iTunes.
Single-game tickets for the Virginia-Norfolk State contest may be purchased online at VirginiaSports.com/tickets 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-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).Tickets may also be purchased on game day at the JPJ box office starting at 5:30 p.m.
Virginia-Norfolk State Series
Virginia sports a 3-0 all-time mark against Norfolk State in the series that dates back to 2010-11. The Cavaliers defeated Norfolk State 66-56 last season and also recorded wins against the Spartans in the 2010-11 (50-49) and 2012-13 (67-56 in the NIT) seasons.
The Head Coaches
Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 107-60 in six seasons at UVa and 176-93 in nine seasons overall.
Norfolk State: Robert Jones (SUNY-New Paltz, 2002), 20-15 in two seasons at NSU.
Virginia’s No. 9 AP Preseason Ranking Best Since 1982-83
UVa is ranked No. 9/8 in the Associated Press and USA Today preseason coaches’ polls. The No. 9 AP preseason ranking is UVa’s best since a No. 1 ranking to start the 1982-83 season. Virginia has been ranked in the preseason rankings in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2000-01 and 2001-02. UVa’s No. 3 final AP ranking last season marked its highest final ranking since 1982.
- Anthony Gill added 15 points and Malcolm Brogdon had 14 points and a team-high four assists in the win.
- Devon Hall recorded five steals and Isaiah Wilkins had eight points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in their collegiate debuts.
- Virginia shot 58 percent from the floor, including a 69.2 percent (18-26) clip in the first half.
- The Cavaliers outscored the Dukes 36-8 in the paint and held a 38-27 edge in rebounds.