Virginia Plays At Miami On Saturday

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CHARLOTTESVILLE-The Virginia men's basketball team opens the second half of its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule on Saturday (Feb. 5) when the Cavaliers play at Miami in a game that is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

The game will be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network.

Virginia enters the game at Miami with an overall record of 12-10 and a 3-5 record in the ACC. The Cavaliers are coming off a 49-47 victory over Clemson at John Paul Jones Arena on Wednesday (Feb. 2). UVa has won two of its last four games, but the Cavaliers have lost their last three road games.

Senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan scored a game-high 21 points, including six points in the final 34 seconds, and had a team high six rebounds to lead Virginia to the victory over Clemson. A jumper by Farrakhan with 34 seconds to play put Virginia ahead for good and he added four free throws as the Cavaliers held off the Tigers. His 21 points marked the fourth time this season he has scored at least 20 points in a game.

Red-shirt junior guard Sammy Zeglinski scored 12 points and was the only other Virginia player to score in double figures. Zeglinski's 12 points tied his season high and he also had five rebounds.

Virginia led 29-13 at halftime against Clemson. The Tigers' 13 first-half points were the fewest allowed by the Cavaliers since UMBC scored 13 first-half points on Dec. 21, 1996 (a 57-34 UVa victory).

With senior forward Mike Scott out for the season with a left ankle injury, Farrakhan is the only Virginia player averaging in double figures in scoring. He is averaging 13.1 points a game overall and 14.3 points a game against ACC opponents.

Freshman guards Joe Harris and KT Harrell are both averaging 9.9 points a game. Harris leads the team in three-point field goals made with 41.

Junior center Assane Sene is averaging 5.4 rebounds a game for the Cavaliers. Sophomore guard Jontel Evans leads UVa in assists (79, 3.6 apg.) and steals (31, 1.4 spg.).

Farrakhan ranks ninth in the ACC in free throw percentage (80.2 percent, 73-91) and is 15th in scoring (13.1 ppg.). Evans ranks eighth in the conference in assist to turnover ratio (1.8) and tied for 10th in assists (3.6 apg.), while Harris is tied for 10th in three-point field goals made (1.9 a game).

Miami leads the series with Virginia 7-4 and the Hurricanes have won all four games between the two teams played in Miami. The Hurricanes have won four of the last five games in the series. The teams split two games last season with each team winning at home.

Miami enters Saturday's game with an overall record of 13-9 and a 2-6 record in the ACC. The Hurricanes are coming off a 59-57 home victory over Georgia Tech on Thursday (Feb. 3).

Junior guard Malcolm Grant leads three Miami players averaging in double figures in scoring with an average of 15.6 points a game. Grant also leads the Hurricanes in assists (80, 3.6 apg.) and he's shooting 44.4 percent (59-133) from three-point range.

Sophomore guard Durand Scott is averaging 13.8 points a game and is second on the Miami team in assists with 72 (3.3 apg.). Scott is shooting 40 percent (18-45) from three-point range.

Miami's third double-figure scorer and leading rebounder is sophomore center Reggie Johnson. Johnson is averaging 11.8 points and 10.0 rebounds a game. He is shooting 57 percent (98-172) from the field.

Frank Haith is in his seventh season as the head coach at Miami. His Miami teams have compiled an overall record of 121-95 and participated in postseason play four times (three NIT appearances and one NCAA appearance).

After their game at Miami the Cavaliers return to action on Feb. 12 at Florida State. That game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and will be televised by the Regional Sports Networks (RSN).