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Live Coverage: #15 UVA hosts Saint Francis

Chris Graham

chris graham jpjAFP editor Chris Graham reports from the John Paul Arena as #15 Virginia faces off with Saint Francis.

Quick skinny on Saint Francis:

Saint Francis beat Pitt 80-70 last week, then lost to UMBC, 80-65.

Pretty good last season: 22-10, 13-5 in the Northeast Conference.,

They’ll go eight deep, small – three rotation guys over 6’6”, so you can expect them to try to spread the floor and push tempo (they’re averaging 72.8 possessions per game; UVA averages 64.2, dead last in D-1).

And they’ll shoot the three: 36.8 percent on the season, averaging seven makes per game.

Key guys:

  • Mark Flagg, a 6’9”, 215-pound senior, is averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, more than double his productivity from a year ago.
  • Ramiir Dixon-Conover, a 6’3”, 185-pound senior, averages 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists, and shoots 40 percent from three.
  • Maxwell Land, a 6’4”, 185-pound freshman, is averaging 11.0 points, and he can shoot the three (4-of-6 through two games).
  • Myles Thompson, a 6’6”, 230-pound junior, is averaging 9.5 points and 6.0 rebounds.

Quick skinny on Virginia:

  • Sam Hauser leads the team in scoring (14.5) and rebounding (7.0) and is shooting 60 percent from the field (12 of 20), 50 percent from 3-point range (3 of 6) and 100 percent from the charity strip (2 of 2).
  • Kihei Clark has chipped in 8.0 points per game and leads the team with five assists.
  • Sam Huff is averaging 9.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and a team-leading 2.5 blocks per game.
  • Trey Murphy III and Reece Beekman have sparked the Cavaliers off the bench. Murphy III went for game-high 21 points against Towson, while Beekman had a team-high 11 points in the loss vs. San Francisco.
  • Casey Morsell, Tomas Woldetensae and Kody Stattmann have shared minutes on the perimeter, while Kadin Shedrick has averaged nine minutes off the bench in the frontcourt.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham, the king of "fringe media," is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].