Projected Starters: F- 24 Mamadi Diane 16.4 ppg. 3.6 rpg. F- 30 Adrian Joseph 8.5 ppg. 6.0 rpg. C- 33 Jason Cain 10.4 ppg. 7.6 rpg. G- 02 J.R. Reynolds 14.8 ppg. 4.4 apg. G- 44 Sean Singletary 17.8 ppg. 4.8 rpg. 6.6 apg.
Sean Singletary - The ACC's top point guard, Singletary is off to a terrific start in his junior season. Singletary is averaging 17.8 points, 4.8 boards, and 6.6 assists, as he leads the Wahoos in scoring and assists.
Singletary is explosive and extremely quick with the basketball. He has worked on his 3-point shot, as he is knocking down long-range jumpers at a 41.7% clip.
Virginia is ranked 25th in the nation in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll. The ranking is the first for the Cavaliers since Dec. 27, 2004, when they were ranked No. 25 in both The Associated Press and ESPN/USAToday polls.
VIRGINIA IN ACC OPENERS
Virginia is 19-34 all-time in Atlantic Coast Conference season openers. The Cavaliers are 16-20 all-time vs. unranked ACC teams in conference openers. UVa is 13-16 in home ACC openers and 6-18 on the road. The Cavaliers have lost their last 11 ACC openers. Virginia's last win in an ACC opener was an 81- 75 victory (Jan. 4) at Florida State in the 1994-95 season.
The game is the fifth time UVA will open the ACC season against NC State. It is the second time Virginia is hosting the Wolfpack in an ACC opener. In the 2001-02 season (the first of three consecutive seasons the two teams met to start league play), Virginia fell to the Wolfpack 81-74 in Charlottesville on Jan. 5, 2002.
Virginia is 5-4 vs. Wake Forest, 3-2 vs. Florida State, 1-1 vs. Georgia Tech, 1-0 vs. South Carolina, 8-13 vs. Duke, 1-7 vs. Maryland, 0-2 vs. North Carolina, 0-4 vs. NC State, and 0-1 vs. Clemson all-time in ACC openers.
EARLY ACC OPENER
The game against NC State is the earliest ACC opener for the Cavaliers since the 1998-99 season (it is also the first ACC matchup of the 2006-07 season - the second straight year UVa has opened the ACC slate). In the 1998-99 campaign, Virginia tipped off ACC play on Dec. 1 against Florida State and fell 72-69 at University Hall. UVa has played two other ACC openers on Dec. 1 – Georgia Tech in 1979-80 and Maryland in 1956-57.
CAVALIERS AND WOLFPACK BATTLE TO WIRE
The history of the series between these two schools since the late 1970s is one marked by many closely contested games. Since 1978, 41 of the 63 games have been decided by less than 10 points. UVa is 28-13 (.683) in those games.
Virginia's last 10 wins (going back 11 seasons) over the Wolfpack have been by a combined 45 points (4.5/g). Since 1978, four games have been decided by one point, seven by two points, seven by three points, three by four points and three by five points.
It's curious to note in the long history of the series going back to the first meeting 94 years ago that only three games have gone to overtime. Virginia has been victorious in all three overtime contests. UVa won the first overtime game 81-73 in 1977-78 and won 84-82 in double overtime in 1995-96. In the most recent overtime affair, the Cavaliers won 82-79 in 1998-99. During one stretch (1985-1988) nine consecutive games were decided by nine points or less.
In a bit of an aberration, 11 of the last 14 NC State wins in the series have been by double digits—67-54 in 1994, 74-55 in 1998, 82-72 in 1999, 76-65 in 2000, 90-80 in 2001, 85-68 and 92-72 in 2002, 75-63 in 2003, 86-69 and 79-63 in 2004, and 82-72 last season. The exceptions were a 65-62 Wolfpack win on Jan. 12, 2000, an 81-74 win on Jan. 5, 2002, and a 66-64 NCSU win on Feb. 1, 2006.
CAVALIERS OPEN SEASON STRONG
Virginia opened the 2006-07 season with four consecutive victories for the fifth time in the last seven seasons. UVa won its season opener 93-90 over 10th-ranked Arizona (Nov. 12) and then registered an 85-66 win over Morgan State (Nov. 19). UVa also defeated UNC Asheville 81-64 (Nov. 22) and Maryland Eastern Shore 104-63 (Nov. 26). All four wins came at the John Paul Jones Arena. Virginia had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 61-59 loss at Purdue (Nov. 29).
LEITAO LOOKING FOR 100
Virginia head coach Dave Leitao enters the game against NC State with 99 career victories. He sports a record of 99-85 as a head coach. Leitao registered his first career coaching win against Howard (78-62) on Dec. 3, 1994 while the head coach at Northeastern.
SINGLETARY AND REYNOLDS NAMED TEAM
Junior guard Sean Singletary and senior guard J.R. Reynolds are Virginia's co-captains for the second consecutive season.
Singletary and Reynolds also served as UVa's captains last season.
DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK SNAPPED
J.R. Reynolds had his double fi gure scoring streak of 28 games snapped when he scored only seven points against Purdue (Nov. 29). Reynolds' streak started with a 10-point performance against Gonzaga on Dec. 17, 2005. The previous time Reynolds failed to score in double fi gures was vs. Fordham on Dec. 7, 2005 when he had eight points.
THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS
J.R. Reynolds has made 168 three-point fi eld goals in his career and is in fourth place on UVa's all-time three-point fi eld goals list. John Crotty (1988-91) is third with 179 three-pointers.
Sean Singletary, J.R. Reynolds
Mamadi Diane, Jason Cain
Adrian Joseph, T.J. Soroye