Cavaliers Host Virginia Tech On Saturday

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CHARLOTTESVILLE-The Virginia men's basketball team is back at John Paul Jones Arena for an Atlantic Coast Conference game with Virginia Tech on Saturday (Feb. 19). The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and is sold out.

Saturday's game will be televised by the ACC Network and streamed on theACC.com (click here for information and a list of television affiliates carrying the game). The game will also be broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network.

A number of former UVa players will be in attendance at the game for Virginia's 2011 Men's Basketball Reunion.

Virginia takes an overall record of 12-13 and a 3-8 record in the ACC into the game with Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers have lost their last three games and five of their last six.

UVa is coming off a 56-41 loss to No. 5 Duke at JPJA on Wednesday (Feb. 16). The final point totals in the game were season lows for both teams.

Senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan was the only player to score in double figures for Virginia against Duke on Wednesday with 11 points. Freshman guard Joe Harris scored eight points and had a team-high seven rebounds for the Cavaliers and freshman guard KT Harrell scored seven points.

Farrakhan and Harris are both averaging in double figures in scoring for the Cavaliers. Farrakhan is averaging 13.1 points a game for the season and 13.8 points a game in ACC games. Harris is averaging 10.4 points a game for the season and leads UVa in three-point field goals with 51. His 51 three-point field goals rank tied for second on Virginia's list of three-point field goals by freshmen in a season.

Harrell is averaging 9.2 points a game for the Cavaliers and junior center Assane Sene is averaging 5.4 rebounds a game. Sophomore guard Jontel Evans leads UVa in assists (89, 3.6 apg.) and steals (37, 1.5 spg.).

Evans ranks eighth in the ACC in steals and tied for ninth in assists. Harris ranks ninth in the conference in three-point field goals made (2.0 pg.) and Farrakhan ranks 16th in scoring.

As a team Virginia is fourth in the conference in scoring defense (63.0), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.383, 179-467) and fourth in three-point field goals made (7.2 pg.).

Virginia leads the series with Virginia Tech 80-52 and the Cavaliers lead 32-11 in games played in Charlottesville. The teams have split four games at John Paul Jones Arena.

Saturday's game is the second of the season between the two teams. UVa defeated Virginia Tech 57-54 in Blacksburg on Dec. 5.

Six of the last seven meetings between the two teams have been decided by seven points or less, including three overtime games.

Virginia Tech enters Saturday's game with an overall record of 17-7 and a 7-4 record in the ACC. The Hokies have won their last two games, four of their last five and 13 of their last 16. Virginia Tech is coming off a 91-83 home victory over Maryland on Tuesday (Feb. 15).

Senior guard Malcolm Delaney leads Virginia Tech in scoring with an average of 19.1 points a game. He also leads Virginia Tech in assists with 104 (4.3 apg.). Senior forward Jeff Allen leads the Hokies in rebounding with an average of 10.2 a game and he is averaging 13.8 points a game. Sophomore guard Erick Green is also averaging in double figures in scoring for Virginia Tech with an average of 11.0 points a game.

Senior guard Dorenzo Hudson played in nine of the Hokies' first 10 games and averaged 10.4 points a game, but he is out for the rest of the season with a foot injury.

Seth Greenberg is in his eighth season as the head coach at Virginia Tech. His Virginia Tech teams have compiled an overall record of 149-101 and have participated in postseason play each of the last four seasons, including one NCAA Tournament invitation, and five times overall.

After the game with Virginia Tech, the Cavaliers travel to Georgia Tech on Wednesday (Feb. 23). The game at Georgia Tech is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.