|Hodge blistered the Hoos for 21 points in December|
Virginia Scouting Report
|Game1: UVa made 15% of 3 pointers (AP)|
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.
Probable Starting 5: F – #5 Derrick Byers, (So 6-7 215), 9.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg... F – #33 Devin Smith, (Jr 6-5 239), 13.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg... F/C – #43 Elton Brown, (Jr 6-9 251), 15.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg... G – #22 Todd Billet, (Sr 6-0 183), 10.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.4 apg... G – #23 Gary Forbes (Fr 6-6 210), 9.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.0 apg
Key Stat from game 1: The Pack, which had made just 31 percent of its 3-point attempts through the first seven games, knocked down 50.8 percent of its shots (30-of-59) including a sizzling 57.7 percent during a 48-point second half. Just as impressively, NC State got its shooting eye back from long-range, hitting 11-of-27 for the game and 7-of-15 in the second half.
Struggling Hoos: After an 8-0 start, Virginia has struggled. The Cavaliers have lost 7 of their last 11 games, including three in-a-row. UVA has allowed nearly 79 points a game during that stretch while being consistently outrebounded. More recently, ball handling has been a problem. Virginia has averaged 19 turnovers in its last six games. Coach Pete Gillen has used several different line-ups, but nothing has worked consistently for any length of time.
Herb Sendek… "We've just got too many shooters not to shoot the ball well. You can't assemble a group of shooters like we have and not shoot the ball well sooner or later. Our guys can put the ball in the basket and our offense can work efficiently. Tonight in the second half it was tremendous."
Pete Gillen… "I think the key part of the game was when we were down 54-50 and then they just got hot. It seemed like they hit three or four 3's and we couldn't match them. They played very well. I've got to give them a lot of credit."
Clark is Back: Since rejoining the team in early January, 6-8 junior forward Jason Clark has provided a defensive spark in the low post. Clark practiced with the Cavaliers for the first time this season on January 4. He was on the bench, but not in uniform for Virginia's game with Providence College (Jan. 3) and did not play in UVa's game against William & Mary (Jan. 5) at University Hall. Clark saw his first game action of the season against Duke (Jan. 11), playing five minutes with two rebounds and two blocked shots.
Virginia's Conference Play: In conference games, Virginia is at or near the bottom of the league in scoring defense (78.6), three-point field goal percentage (.309), rebounding margin (-5.3) and turnover margin (-2.75). Virginia is tied for last in conference play with a 2-6 mark.
Key Match-Up: NC State vs. Road Trip. Virginia has played well at home this season (10-3, 2-2) and has won 14 of the last 15 meetings with the Wolfpack at University Hall. The Pack will look to continue their improvement on the road. Beating Maryland in College Park was huge and defeating Virginia will be just as big when all the conference games will have been played. The Pack is playing for tournament seeding and a first round game against Virginia, Clemson or Maryland, the league's cellar dwellers, in the ACC tournament is desired at this point.
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|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)|