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Game Notes: #2 UVA basketball on the road at #13 UNC


unc-uva2No. 2 UVA (19-1, 7-1 ACC) plays at No. 13 North Carolina (17-5, 7-2 ACC) in ACC action on Monday (Feb. 2). Tipoff at the Dean E. Smith Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.


For Openers

  • Virginia continues its first three-game stretch vs. top-15 opponents (No. 4 Duke, No. 13 North Carolina and No. 10 Louisville) since 1997 (No. 13 North Carolina, No. 2 Wake Forest and No. 13 Duke).
  • UVa ranks first nationally in scoring defense at 50.2 points per game.
  • Virginia is first in the ACC at 7-1, while North Carolina is third at 7-2.
  • The Cavaliers have won 14 of their 19 games by 11 or more points.


Broadcast Information

  • The Virginia-North Carolina game will be televised on ESPN and streamed online at WatchESPN.com.
  • The game will be 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 Virginia Sports app.


The Head Coaches
Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 125-61 in six seasons at UVa and 194-94 in nine seasons overall.
North Carolina: Roy Williams (North Carolina, 1972), 323-94 in 12 seasons at North Carolina and 741-195 in 27 seasons overall.


UVa Ranked No. 2 For Third Straight Week

  • UVa is ranked No. 2 in the AP poll for the third straight week.
  • Prior to this year, the Cavaliers achieved their last No. 2 ranking on March 8, 1983.
  • Virginia has delivered three of the 11 home losses by teams currently ranked in the top 16 of this week’s AP poll (Notre Dame, VCU, Maryland).
  • The Cavaliers have been ranked in the top 10 for the first 11 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.
  • UVa is one of three teams (Duke and Arizona) that have been ranked in the top 10 for 15 straight weeks dating back to last season.


Virginia All-Time vs. North Carolina

  • Virginia is 51-128 all-time vs. North Carolina in the series that dates back to 1910-11.
  • The Cavaliers are 6-65, including a 3-23 mark at the Smith Center, against UNC in Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • The Cavaliers posted a 76-61 win against the Tar Heels last season in Charlottesville.
  • Virginia has a two-game losing streak against the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill and aim for its first win at the Smith Center since a 75-60 victory on Jan. 31, 2010.
  • Virginia is 2-3 against North Carolina in its last five games and 3-7 in its last 10.
  • Tony Bennett is 3-4 against North Carolina at UVa and 3-5 career.


Last Time vs. North Carolina

  • Malcolm Brogdon and Joe Harris each scored 16 points as Virginia defeated North Carolina, 76-61, on Jan. 20, 2014.
  • The Cavaliers, who led by 23 points in the second half, also received 13 points from Justin Anderson and eight points from Anthony Gill.
  • Kennedy Meeks scored 15 points and James Michael McAdoo had 11 for North Carolina.
  • Virginia made eight 3-pointers and turned 11 North Carolina turnovers into 17 points.
  • London Perrantes had eight points (2-of-2 on 3-pointers), a career-best nine assists, two steals and only one turnover.


Last Time Out

  • Tyus Jones scored 17 points, Quinn Cook had 15 and both made critical 3-pointers in the closing minutes, fueling a game-ending 16-5 run that gave No. 4 Duke a 69-63 victory against No. 2 Virginia, ending the Cavaliers’ 21-game home winning streak.
  • Virginia started the second half with a 16-4 burst and led by 11 with just under 11 minutes to play.
  • Malcolm Brogdon led Virginia with 17 points and Justin Anderson had 11.
  • Duke’s Justise Winslow had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Duke shot 50.9 percent from the floor, ending Virginia’s streak of holding 44 straight ACC opponents under 50 percent.
  • Virginia outrebounded Duke 35-34, but shot 26-63 from the floor including just 3-13 from 3-point range.


Road Warriors

  • Virginia has won its first seven true road games of a season for the first time since 1980-81 (won first 10 road games).
  • The Cavaliers are 9-0 away from home this season.
  • Virginia is 11-2 in ACC road games over the past two seasons, the most road wins in the conference over that period.
  • The Cavaliers have four true road wins over teams currently ranked in the AP poll, most in the nation.
  • UVa’s seven-game road winning streak is tied with Stephen F. Austin, Murray State and Rider for the longest active streak nationally.


On The Horizon

  • Virginia hosts Louisville in ACC action on Saturday, Feb. 7. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.



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