The Virginia men’s basketball team returns home Wednesday night (March 5) to face nationally-ranked Duke at John Paul Jones Arena. The game, which is sold out, is the third in five days for the Cavaliers and will be televised by ESPN beginning at 7 p.m.
The game will also be on V Pass Live Audio at VirginiaSports.com.
The Cavaliers are coming off a 76-74 victory at Georgia Tech Monday night (March 3) and have now won three of their last four games. Virginia has an overall record of 14-13 and a 4-10 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. UVa’s 10 conference losses include three in overtime, one by one point in regulation and two by two points in regulation.
Sophomore guard Calvin Baker’s three-point basket with 4.2 seconds remaining in the game off a pass from senior guard Sean Singletary provided the Cavaliers with their margin of victory over Georgia Tech. Baker also had a key tip in for Virginia in the game’s final minute.
Singletary led Virginia with 17 points and six assists. He also had three steals and moved into second place on UVa’s career steals list with 191. Othell Wilson (1981-84) is the Cavaliers’ career leader in steals with 222.
Singletary now has scored 1,957 career points and needs 43 points to become just the fifth player in Virginia men’s basketball history to score 2,000 career points. He has scored in double figures in 49 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the ACC.
The Philadelphia, Pa., native leads Virginia in scoring and assists. He is averaging 19.7 points and 5.8 assists a game. Singletary ranks third in the ACC in scoring and second in assists. He also ranks sixth in steals (51, 1.89 spg.), sixth in free throw percentage (152-179, .849) and eighth in minutes played (917, 33.96 mpg.) in the conference.
In addition to his game-winning heroics at Georgia Tech, Baker scored 10 points, had seven rebounds, four assists and a career-high four steals against the Yellow Jackets. It’s the 13th time this season Baker has scored in double figures.
Junior forward Laurynas Mikalauskas had another fine game for the Cavaliers in the victory over Georgia Tech. He scored 15 points and tied Baker with a team-high seven rebounds in the game. For Mikalauskas, who had career highs with 16 points and 13 rebounds in a two-point loss at Miami on March 1, it’s the second time in his career he has scored in double figures in consecutive games.
Junior forward/guard Mamadi Diane added 10 points and six rebounds for Virginia in the win at Georgia Tech.
In addition to Singletary, Diane and senior forward Adrian Joseph are also averaging in double figures in scoring for the Cavaliers. Diane is averaging 11.4 points a game and Joseph 10.6 points a game. Joseph is UVa’s leading rebounder with an average of 6.4 a game.
Duke enters Monday’s game with an overall record of 25-3 and a 12-2 record in the ACC. The Blue Devils are coming off an 87-86 win at NC State on Saturday (March 1).
Duke has five players averaging in double figures in scoring led by senior guard DeMarcus Nelson at 15.5 points a game. The other players averaging in double figures in scoring for the Blue Devils are freshman forward Kyle Singler (14.3 ppg.), sophomore guard/forward Gerald Henderson (12.4 ppg.), sophomore guard Jon Scheyer (11.2 ppg.) and junior guard Greg Paulus (10.8 ppg.). Paulus leads Duke with an average of 3.5 assists a game.
Singler and Nelson are the Blue Devils’ leading rebounders. Singler is averaging 6.0 rebounds a game and Nelson is averaging 5.8 rebounds a game.
Freshman guard Nolan Smith is averaging 6.4 points a game for Duke.
Mike Krzyzewski is in his 28th year as Duke’s head coach and his Duke teams have compiled an overall record of 727-205. Duke’s win at NC State on Saturday was the 800th of Krzyzewski’s 33-year head coaching career.
Duke leads the series with Virginia 108-48 and defeated the Cavaliers 87-65 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., on Jan. 13. In the only game between the two teams at John Paul Jones Arena, Virginia defeated the Blue Devils 68-66 in overtime last season. That victory by the Cavaliers ended a nine-game Duke winning streak in the series. In games played in Charlottesville in the series, Duke leads 34-33.