Previewing Virginia

Virginia (11-6, 3-2) features the ACC's top backcourt. Pack Pride takes a closer look at tonight's opponent -- tip-off is at 9:00 p.m and the game will be televised nationally on RLF.


    Projected Starters:
    F- 24 Mamadi Diane
    F- 30 Adrian Joseph
    C- 33 Jason Cain
    G- 02 J.R. Reynolds
    G- 44 Sean Singletary

    J.R. Reynolds - The senior guard is the ACC's reigning Player of the Week after dominating the past two games for the Cavaliers.

    Reynolds scored 57 points, had nine rebounds and eight assists in the Cavaliers' two conference victories last week. He was 15-31 (48.4 percent) from the field, including 6-13 (46.2 percent) from three-point range, and 21-22 (95.5 percent) from the free throw line.

    Virginia enters tonight's conference game against NC State with an 11-6 overall record and a 3-2 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cavaliers have won their last two games, including an 88-76 victory over Wake Forest (Jan. 21) at the John Paul Jones Arena.

    NC State is 11-7 overall and 1-4 in the ACC. The Wolfpack has won one of its last four games and is coming off a 79-56 loss to Duke (Jan. 20) at home.

    A new era of Virginia basketball began on Nov. 12 when the Cavaliers christened the John Paul Jones Arena with a 93- 90 victory over Arizona. The arena, which officially opened in August of 2006, seats 15,219 for basketball games. Virginia is 10-1 in the John Paul Jones Arena.

    Virginia has had the upper hand in the series versus NC State over the last 18 years and one of the keys to the Cavaliers' success is field goal percentage defense.

    Since the 1989-90 season, Virginia has won 20 of 36 contests. In the 20 wins, UVa has held NC State below 45 percent field goal shooting 16 times and under 40 percent nine times. In the Wolfpack's 16 victories, they have shot 51.6 percent from the floor, including 61.0 percent (25-41) in the 2000 ACC Tournament (Mar. 10) and 60.4 percent (29-48) in the 2002 ACC Tournament (Mar. 8).

    The lowest NCSU has shot in a victory over the Cavaliers since 1989-90 was 46.9 percent (23-49) in a 75-63 win (Jan. 5) in Raleigh during the 2002-03 season. The Wolfpack shot 44.8 percent from the field and averaged 71.5 points per game against Virginia over the last 18 seasons. In wins over UVa, NC State has shot 51.6 percent from the floor and averaged 79.2 points, compared to 40.0 percent shooting and 65.4 points per game in losses to Virginia.

    In the last 14 meetings (10 NCSU wins), NC State shot 50.4 percent (363- 720) from the field, including a trio of 60+ percent contests. Only three times in the last 14 games have the Cavaliers held NC State under 45 percent shooting – 41.8 percent (23-55), 40.0 percent (18-45) and 41.8 percent (23-55).


    Sean Singletary, J.R. Reynolds

    Mamadi Diane, Jason Cain

    Adrian Joseph, T.J. Soroye

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