No. 7 UVA (8-0) plays at in-state rival VCU (5-2) in non-conference action on Saturday (Dec. 6) in Richmond, Va. Tipoff at the Siegel Center is set for 2 p.m.
- Virginia meets VCU for the first time at the Siegel Center in Richmond.
- Virginia seeks its first 9-0 start since 2001-02.
- The Cavaliers are 2-0 against in-state opponents this season, defeating James Madison (79-51) and Norfolk State (67-39).
- The Cavaliers rank second in the nation in scoring defense (46.3 ppg) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (31.1%).
- Virginia has held opponents under 70 points in a nation-leading 14 straight contests dating back to last season.
- The Virginia-VCU game will be televised on ESPNU 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.
- UVa sports a 10-2 all-time mark, including a 5-1 mark in Richmond, against VCU in the series that dates back to 1976-77.
- VCU snapped Virginia’s four-game winning streak in the series with last year’s 59-56 win over the Cavaliers in Charlottesville.
- The Cavaliers play VCU for the first time in Richmond since the 1998-99 season.
The Head Coaches
Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 114-60 in six seasons at UVa and 183-93 in nine seasons overall.
VCU: Shake Smart (Kenyon College, 1999), 142-48 in six seasons at VCU.
Against the Commonwealth
- Since the 1999-2000 season, Virginia has a 53-13 record against teams from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- UVa is 19-4 in its last 23 games vs. in-state opponents.
Last Time vs. VCU
- Treveon Graham hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining to send VCU to a 59-56 win over Virginia on Nov. 12, 2013.
- Graham led the Rams with a game-high 22 points.
- Joe Harris led Virginia with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting and Malcolm Brogdon added 10 points.
- Mike Tobey added nine rebounds as the Cavaliers held a 41-28 advantage on the glass.
- Virginia committed season-high 19 turnovers, and shot just 39.1 percent (18-46) from the field, 12.5 percent from 3-point range (1-8) and 57.6 percent (19-33) from the charity stripe.
Virginia Moves Up to No. 7 in Latest Associated Press Poll
- UVa is ranked No. 7/6 in the latest associated press and USA Today coaches’ polls.
- The Cavaliers were ranked No. 9 in the AP poll for the first three week of the season and No. 8 last week.
- The No. 9 AP preseason ranking was UVa’s best since a No. 1 ranking to start the 1982-83 season.
- UVa’s No. 3 final AP ranking last season marked its highest final ranking since 1982.
Last Time Out
- Malcolm Brogdon led four Cavaliers in double figures with 18 points as No. 7 Virginia defeated No. 21 Maryland 76-65 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 3.
- Justin Anderson added 16 points, Mike Tobey had 14 points and Anthony Gill added 11 as Virginia led the entire game.
- The Cavaliers shot 53.1 percent from the field and outrebounded Maryland 34-22 in their first win over a ranked team this season.
- Rookie Marial Shayok added nine points, five rebounds and four assists off the bench.
- The Cavaliers limited the Terrapins to 40 percent shooting from the field and only six assists on 16 made field goals.
On The Horizon
- Virginia hosts Cleveland State on Thursday, Dec. 18. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.