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UVa. basketball takes three-game winning streak to Notre Dame


UVa. (15-5, 6-1 ACC) travels to Notre Dame (11-9, 2-5 ACC) to meet the Fighting Irish for the first time in ACC action on Tuesday, Jan. 28. Tipoff at Purcell Pavilion (9,149) is set for 9 p.m.


Broadcast Information

The Virginia-Notre Dame game will be televised by ESPNU and online at WatchESPN.com. The game will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network. and Sirius (Channel 108) and XM (Channel 192) satellite radio stations. Due to the Presidential State of the Union Address, the game will be broadcast on WVBE 610 AM in the Roanoke area.

Live statistics (GameTracker) are located on VirginiaSports.com, as well as the Virginia Sports app, which is available free of charge through iTunes. Fans can also follow the game via Twitter at @UVaMensHoops.


Ticket Information

Tickets for the Virginia-Notre Dame can be purchased online at UND.com.


For Openers

Virginia has won three straight games and meets Notre Dame for the first time in ACC play.

• The Cavaliers meet the Fighting Irish for the first time since defeating Notre Dame, 81-76 in overtime, in the 1992 NIT championship game.

• Virginia’s 6-1 start in the ACC is its best since starting 6-1 in 1982-83 (Senior Ralph Sampson and the Cavaliers started 7-1 in ACC play).

• The margin of victory in each of the Cavaliers’ first six ACC wins was at least 10 points, for the first time in school history.

• As of Jan. 27, Virginia is tied for second in the ACC at 6-1 and Notre Dame is tied for 11th at 2-5.

• The Cavaliers rank second in the nation in scoring defense at 56.2 points per game.


The Head Coaches

Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 91-58 in five seasons at UVa and 160-91 in eight seasons overall.

Notre Dame: Mike Brey (George Washington, 1982), 296-151 in 14 seasons at Notre Dame and 395-203 in 19 seasons overall.


All-Time vs. Notre Dame

Virginia is 5-1 all-time vs. Notre Dame in the series that dates back to 1980-81.

• The Cavaliers have a five-game winning steak against the Fighting Irish.

• Head coach Tony Bennett is 1-0 all-time against Notre Dame, defeating the Fighting Irish 61-41 as head coach at Washington State in the 2008 NCAA Tournament in Denver, Colo.

• The Cavaliers are 1-0 against the Fighting Irish in Notre Dame, posting a 68-67 win on Jan. 26, 1991, at the Joyce Center.

• UVa star Bryant Stith scored the Cavaliers’ last 19 points in the 68-67 comeback win.


Last Time vs. the Fighting Irish

• Tournament MVP and future NBA player Bryant Stith tallied 24 points and eight rebounds as Virginia defeated Notre Dame, 81-76, in overtime in the 1992 NIT championship game.

• Stith clinched Virginia’s second NIT championship by making five of six free throws in the extra period.

• Cory Alexander added 21 points, Anthony Oliver had 18 points and Junior Burrough added 13 points and six rebounds for UVa.

• Elmer Bennett had a game-high 39 points for Notre Dame and LaPhonso Ellis added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Fighting Irish.


Last Time Out

Malcolm Brogdon established career highs in points (18) and 3-pointers (four) as Virginia cruised to a 65-45 win over in-state rival Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Joe Harris added 12 points to move past Donald Hand for 17th on UVa’s all-time scoring list with 1,487 career points.

• Mike Tobey added eight points and five rebounds as UVa held a 34-29 advantage on the glass.

• The Cavaliers limited Virginia Tech to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor, including 16.7 percent from 3-point range.


About the Cavaliers

Virginia has won six of its last seven games and looks to win its fourth straight overall. The Cavaliers are coming off an impressive 65-45 win over Virginia Tech and a win at Notre Dame would match their 7-1 ACC start in the 1982-83 season.

The Cavaliers’ success has been highlighted by its second-ranked defense, rebounding and balanced scoring. The Cavaliers are yielding 56.2 points per game and grabbing 54.9 percent of the rebounds, ruling the glass in 15 of 20 games and enjoying an average rebound margin of +7.1 per game. UVa also ranks ninth in the nation in field goal percentage defense at 37.8 percent.

Virginia is averaging 66.9 points per game, marking its highest total under head coach Tony Bennett. Virginia is averaging 24.6 bench points and has scored 42.3 percent of its points in the paint.

UVa sports a balanced scoring attack, led by All-ACC performer Joe Harris at 11.6 points per game. Harris has hit double figures in scoring in each of the last six games. Malcolm Brogdon is second on the team in scoring (11.4 ppg) and rebounding (5.3 rpg) and has added a team-leading 1.4 steals per game. Brogdon ranks 12th in scoring during ACC action at 15.0 points per game.

Versatile guard Justin Anderson has recorded 9.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Anthony Gill, who has led the team in scoring in four games, has registered 7.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Mike Tobey has chipped in 7.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, while Akil Mitchell has added 6.7 points and a team-best 6.5 rebounds per game. Mitchell is tied for third in the ACC at 8.4 rebounds per game during league play. Freshman point guard London Perrantes ranks second in ACC action in assist to turnover ratio (3.67), fourth in assists (4.83 apg) and tied for 10th in steals (1.43 spg).


Up Next

Virginia plays at Pittsburgh on Sunday, Feb. 2. Tipoff on Super Bowl Sunday at Petersen Events Center is set for 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.



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