University Hall, Charlottesville, Va.
8 p.m., RJ (Steve Martin, Dan Bonner)
"I know the [Virginia] kids have gotten so much more confidence from these two [recent] wins. When you win on last-second plays, that always gives your kids confidence that you can execute and get it done at the end. And they have been pretty doggone good at home, even when they were struggling. ... We've got to do a great job on the backboards because when their big guys get involved early and rebound and put the ball in the basket they've really been a good team. I think [now] they're just playing with so much more confidence." -- Roy Williams
"We've had a lot of shots go in against us at the end. I have more daggers in me than the Count of Monte Cristo." -- Pete Gillen
Probable Starting Lineup: T.J. Bannister (5-10, 168, G, Fr.) – 3.0 ppg, 2.5 apg Todd Billet (6-0, 183, G, Sr.) – 10.0 ppg, 3.2 apg J.R. Reynolds (6-2, 196, G, Fr.) – 8.2 ppg, 2.2 apg Jason Clark (6-8, 234, F, Jr.) – 4.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg Elton Brown (6-9, 251, C, Jr.) – 15.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg Key Reserves: Devin Smith (6-5, 239, F, Jr.) – 12.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg Gary Forbes (6-6, 210, F, Fr.) – 8.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg Derrick Byars (6-7, 215, F, So.) – 8.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg Donte Minter (6-7, 244, F, Fr.) – 5.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg Jason Cain (6-9, 205, F, Fr.) – 2.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg Majestic Mapp (6-2, 184, G, Sr.) – 1.6 ppg, 1.0 apg
First Meeting: The Tar Heels used a 26-6 second-half run to pull away from Virginia, 96-77, at the Smith Center on Jan. 24. Rashad McCants led all scorers with 26 points. For a game recap, including stats, quotes, photos, etc. -- CLICK HERE.
Season Update: The Cavs have won two of their last three games, with last-second victories over Georgia Tech and Clemson. However, they've lost six of their last eight ACC outings, and barring a miracle turnaround, they'll miss the NCAA Tournament again. Head coach Pete Gillen is on the hot seat and his lengthy contract may not be enough to save his job in Charlottesville.
Brown ... Billet
Byars ... Gillen