Previewing Virginia

Following a win over Holy Cross, NC State (11-4, 0-1) is looking to secure its first ACC win of the season when they host Virginia (8-4, 0-0). Pack Pride takes a closer look at tomorrow's opponent -- tip-off is at 12:00 p.m.


    F- 22 Will Sherrill (4.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
    F- 32 Mike Scott (13.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg)
    G- 04 Calvin Baker (4.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg)
    G- 15 Sylven Landesberg (16.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
    G- 13 Sammy Zeglinski (10.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg)

    G- 02 Mustapha Farrakhan (6.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg)
    G- 23 Jeff Jones (7.2 ppg, 1.3 rpg)
    C- 55 Jerome Mayinsse (3.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg)

    Sylven Landesberg -- Talented sophomore continues to be Virginia's go-to guy. An all-around player, Landesberg is one of the ACC's top scorers and has a knack for making big plays.

    Virginia Game Notes

    Series History
    • NC State leads 80-54 (NCSU leads 51-18 in Raleigh, including 7-2 at the RBC Center)
    • Last season the Wolfpack won the only meeting between the schools, 72-67 at the RBC Center
    • Today's game is the first of two regular season meetings this year between the schools (The teams will also meet Feb. 3 in Charlottesville)

    ACC Openers
    • Virginia has won two of its last three ACC openers, but are 2-12 in conference openers over the past 14 seasons
    • Last season the Cavaliers won their ACC opener 88-84 (OT) at Georgia Tech
    • This season marks the third consecutive season and the sixth time in the past eight seasons Virginia has opened its conference schedule on the road

    Last Time Out
    • Virginia defeated Texas-Pan American 72-53 on Tuesday at JPJA
    • Mike Scott had 22 points and Sylven Landesberg had 20 points
    • It marked the first time since the 2008-09 season opener that the Cavaliers had two 20-point scorers (also Scott and Landesberg, vs. VMI)
    • Calvin Baker tied a career high with seven assists

    Big Wins, Close Losses
    • Seven of Virginia's eight wins this season have been by double digits (The Cavaliers had just five double-digit wins all of last season)
    • Three of Virginia's four losses this season have been by five points or less

    Taking Care Of The Ball
    • Virginia currently ranks seventh nationally in fewest turnovers a game at 10.5 turnovers per game
    • Last season, the Cavaliers averaged 14.8 tpg, ranking 242nd nationally
    • Virginia has had 10 or fewer turnovers in seven games this season
    • UVa has had fewer turnovers than its opponent in six consecutive games

    Increased Scoring
    • Five Cavalier players are scoring at least 1.5 pts more per game than they did last season
    • Will Sherrill, who is scoring 4.4 ppg more than last season, leads the group
    • Three of the five players are scoring at least 3.0 ppg better than last season

    Sharp Shooting 'Hoos
    • Against Texas-Pan American the Cavaliers shot 56.6 percent from the floor, the fifth time this season they have shot at least 50.0 percent from the field
    • Last season, UVa shot 50.0 percent just four times all season (28 games)

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