Previewing Virginia

NC State returns to action tonight against Virginia and star wing Justin Anderson. Here is a quick preview of the Cavaliers.

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    PROJECTED STARTERS
    G- 32 London Perrantes, Soph. 5.0 ppg, 4.5 apg
    G- 15 Malcolm Brogdon, Jr. 12.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg
    F- 01 Justin Anderson, Jr. 15.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg
    F- 13 Anthony Gill, Jr. 12.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg
    C- 10 Mike Tobey, Jr. 8.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg

    STAR WATCH
    Justin Anderson -The 6'6" junior from Montross, Va., has developed from a raw athlete into a true Naismith Award candidate, and no facet of his game has improved more than his jump shot.

    Anderson is shooting 58.8 percent from beyond the arc and 55.8 percent from the field. He put up 16 points in Saturday's ACC opener at Miami, including a huge game-tying three-pointer at the end of overtime.

    He's also dazzled the Wahoo faithful with an array of high-flying dunks, put-backs and blocks.


    Virginia Game Notes

    TIDBITS
    Excluding Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, who joined the conference just last year, NC State is the only ACC team that has yet to win at John Paul Jones Arena. The Wolfpack is 0-5 in Charlottesville since 2006-07, the arena's inaugural year, and its last visit resulted in a 58-55 loss on Jan. 29, 2013.

  • Virginia has beaten the Wolfpack in every regular-season meeting since 2009. The Pack is 2-6 against UVa in that span, with the both wins coming in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals in 2012 and 2013.

  • After Saturday's win over Miami, Virginia head coach Tony Bennett improved to 6-0 in ACC openers.
  • Virginia is undefeated this late in the season for the first time since 1980-81.

    STIFLING DEFENSE
    Defense always comes first for Tony Bennett-coached teams and this year is no exception. The Cavs are holding opponents to 50.6 points per game this season, second only to No. 1 Kentucky for the lowest output in the nation.

    They have held four opponents, Norfolk State, Tennessee State, Rutgers and Harvard, under 40 points. Virginia is also only allowing opponents to shoot just 33.3 percent from the field, also second to Kentucky.

    In the Dec. 21 win against Harvard, Virginia limited the Crimson to just one field goal in the first half, tying a NCAA record.

    DYNAMIC BACKCOURT DUO
    Sophomore point guard London Perrantes averages just five points per game, down from 5.5 last season, but also puts up 4.5 assists per game and has an astounding 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

    He scored a season-high 26 in Saturday's win at Miami and also dished out eight assists. Junior guard Malcolm Brogdon usually provides the offense in Virginia's backcourt, with an average of 12.9 points per game. He has scored in double figures in nine of 13 contests this season, including a 20-point effort in a Nov. 28 win over LaSalle.

    He is also shooting 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 82.5 percent from the free-throw line.

    BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
    The Cavaliers are one of the nation's best rebounding teams, grabbing 40 boards per game and outrebounding opponents by an average of 13, which ranks third in the nation.

    Anthony Gill, a native of High Point, leads the way for Virginia in this department with 7.1 boards, followed closely by 7-footer Mike Tobey's 6.9. Gill has posted a pair of double-doubles this season in wins over LaSalle and Davidson.

    IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY
    Virginia's roster boasts a couple of freshmen with famous basketball-playing family members.

    Reserve forward Isaiah Wilkins is the stepson of former NBA great Dominique Wilkins, while reserve guard B.J. Stith's father Bryant starred for the Wahoos from 1989-92 and finished with a career 19.2 scoring average.

    Neither is likely to play a significant role for the Cavs in conference play, but the future looks bright for Bennett's bunch.

    BREAKING DOWN THE BENCH
    Darion Atkins, 6-8, F.: The Cavaliers' lone senior started early in the season before a back injury suffered in a Dec. 4 win at Maryland and the emergence of Tobey made him the first man off the bench. Atkins still plays a significant role for the Wahoos, averaging 6.8 points and leading the team in blocks with 1.1 per game.

    Evan Nolte, 6-8, F.: A guard in a forward's body, Nolte presents a matchup problem for opposing defenses. He averages just 3.3 points per game, but cannot be ignored on the perimeter.

    Marial Shayok, 6-5, G/F.: The Ottawa, Ontario native was originally committed to Marquette before Buzz Williams left to take the Virginia Tech job and has emerged as the UVa’s most talented newcomer. He put up a season-high nine points and five rebounds in the Maryland game.

    Devon Hall, 6-5, G.: Hall is a backup point guard who has showed flashes of brilliance in relief of Perrantes. He had a season-high five steals in a Nov. 14 win at James Madison.


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