Jan. 15, 2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -
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Virginia enters tonight's conference game against Maryland with a 9-6 overall record and a 1-2 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cavaliers have lost their last three games and are coming off a 78-73 loss to Boston College (Jan. 13) in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Maryland is 15-3 overall and 1-2 in the ACC. The Terrapins are coming off a 92-87 win over Clemson (Jan. 13) in College Park, Md.
Tonight's game will be televised by Raycom-Lincoln Financial (RLF). Steve Martin will handle the play-by-play. Dan Bonner is the analyst.
All UVa games are heard on the Virginia Sports Network originating at the Charlottesville Radio Group and WINA-AM/WWWV-FM in Charlottesville. Mac McDonald calls the play-by-play. Jim Hobgood provides the analysis.
The Series vs. Maryland
Maryland leads the series with Virginia 101-64 in a rivalry that dates back to the 1912-13 season. UVa has lost the last six meetings in the series and nine of the last 11. Last season, Maryland won the first matchup 76-65 (Feb. 7) in College Park and earned a sweep with a 71-70 win (Mar. 5) in Charlottesville in the final game at University Hall. Virginia also lost both contests in the 2004-05 season. In the first meeting of the 2004-05 season, UVa fell 82-68 (Jan. 19) in College Park and the Cavaliers lost 92-89 in double overtime (Feb. 19) in Charlottesville.
UVa's last win in the series was an 80-78 overtime victory (Mar. 9) in Charlottesville during the 2002-03 season. Virginia snapped a three-game losing streak (and a nine-game slide at Maryland) with an 86-78 victory (Feb. 6) at Comcast Center in the first meeting of the 2002-03 season. It marked the Cavaliers' first season sweep of Maryland since the 1992-93 campaign.
Virginia has lost 19 of the last 26 contests in the series with Maryland since winning five consecutive games between 1992-1994.
This is the 60th consecutive season the Cavaliers and Terrapins have met (since 1947-48). Maryland is Virginia's second-oldest opponent in terms of consecutive seasons met. They have played 127 games in that span. (Virginia's oldest opponent in terms of consecutive seasons played is Virginia Tech--71 straight seasons).
UVa won eight of the last 15 games between the two teams at University Hall and 12 of the final 21. Virginia is 40-39 all-time on its home court against Maryland, including a 23-18 record at University Hall.
Five of the Cavaliers' last six wins over the Terrapins (1995, 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2003) occurred at University Hall.
A Nailbiter Could be in the Offing
The recent series with Maryland has featured quite a few close games. Since 1987, 26 of 41 games have been decided by nine points or less, with Virginia winning 12 of the close games. In the last 20 years there have also been five overtime games, with Virginia winning three of the five games.
Home Sweet Home
The Cavaliers have found tremendous success at home this season, but have struggled away from the John Paul Jones Arena.
Virginia is 8-1 at home this season and 1-5 away from JPJA, including a 0-3 mark on its opponents' home court.
Leading the ACC
Virginia has made 122 three-point field goals this season for an ACC-best average of 8.1 three-point field goals made per game.
The Cavaliers have four players who have made more than 20 three-pointers this season - Sean Singletary (37), Mamadi Diane (24), J.R. Reynolds (23) and Adrian Joseph (23). Only Singletary ranks in the top 10 among all ACC players in made threes per game - 2.47 (fourth).