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Virginia Scouting Report
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Head Coach Pete Gillen: Gillen's six Virginia teams own an 94-65 record and his 18-year career record as a collegiate head coach is 368-193 (.651 winning percentage). UVa made its fourth consecutive postseason appearance last year under Gillen. In addition to earning a berth in the 2003 NIT, the Cavaliers previously advanced to the 2002 NIT, 2001 NCAA Tournament and 2000 NIT.
Early Season: The Cavaliers for the third time in the last four years have started the season with eight consecutive victories. Virginia is only one of 16 undefeated Division 1 teams in America.
Probable Starting 5: F – #5 Derrick Byers, (So 6-7 215), 13.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.3 apg... F – #33 Devin Smith, (Jr 6-5 239), 9.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg 1.3 apg... F/C – #43 Elton Brown, (Jr 6-9 251), 17.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.6 apg... G – #22 Todd Billet, (Sr 6-0 183), 11.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.6 apg... G – #23 Gary Forbes (Fr 6-6 210), 13.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.8 apg
Uva's Top Gun: Junior Forward Elton Brown is yet another solid inside player for Virginia that NC State has faced over the past few years. At 6'9" and over 250 pounds, he will be a handful for Melvin and Collins. Brown is averaging 27 minutes per game scoring 17.3 ppg and grabbing almost 8 rpg. Look for Jordan Collins to log major minutes in defending Brown to help keep Melvin fresh for offensive possessions.
Rebounding woes: The Cavaliers have won eight games this season but have been out rebounded 331 to 323 against less stellar competition. Like NC State, Virginia does not start a tall line-up and only has one player taller than 6'8" who gets significant playing time.
Key Match-Up: UVa lack of ACC experience vs. NC State experience: The Cavaliers only have four active players on the roster with ACC starting experience and only one player with more than one year of conference experience. The four players with a combined total of 46 ACC starts are Billet, Brown, Smith, and Byers. Look for NC State to attempt to come out of the locker room ready to take advantage of the lack of ACC experience. Players like Melvin, Hodge and Sherrill will need to show their leadership.
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UVa's Pete Gillen brings his Cavaliers to Raleigh to face NC State for their ACC opener.
|No||Name||Pos||Ht||Wt||Yr||City (High School)|
|2||J.R. Reynolds||G||6-2||196||FR||Roanoke, Va. (Oak Hill Academy)|
|5||Derrick Byars||F/G||6-7||215||SO||Memphis, Tenn. (Ridgeway)|
|10||Billy Glading||G||6-2||172||SR||Bethedsa, Md. (Gonzaga)|
|11||John Chappell||G||6-2||184||SR||Bronx, NY (St. Raymond's)|
|12||Billy Campbell||G||6-0||183||SO||Atlanta, Ga. (Paideia School)|
|15||T.J. Bannister||G||5-10||168||FR||Jacksonville, Fla. (Arlington Country Day)|
|21||Robert Lodge||G||6-4||211||SO||Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook)|
|22||Todd Billet||G||6-0||183||SR||Middletown, N.J. (Brothers Academy)|
|23||Gary Forbes||G/F||6-6||210||FR||Brooklyn, N.Y. (Banneker Academy)|
|30||Hank Nacey||F||6-5||210||SO||Virginia Beach, Va. (Frank W. Cox)|
|32||Jason Cain||F||6-9||205||FR||Philadelphia, Pa. (John Bartram H.S.)|
|33||Devin Smith||F||6-5||239||JR||New Castle, Del. (William Penn)|
|34||Jason Clark||F||6-8||234||JR||Virginia Beach, Va. (Hargrave)|
|43||Elton Brown||F||6-9||251||JR||Newport News, Va. (Warwick)|
|52||Brad Abel||F||6-5||210||SR||Burke, Va. (Lake Braddock)|
|55||Donte Minter||F/C||6-7||244||FR||Salisbury, N.C. (Fork Union)|