Fastbreak: Virginia Poses Tough Home Test For Ducks
Friday, Dec. 16, 8:00 a.m.
Virginia, under the direction of former Washington State coach Tony Bennett, is off to an 8-1 record for the first time since the 2004-05 season. UVA was predicted to finish fourth in the ACC’s preseason poll (behind North Carolina, Duke and Florida State).
Sunday’s contest with Oregon marks the first game action the Cavaliers will have seen in 12 days (last time was a 68-48 home win over George Mason on Dec. 6). The trip to Matthew Knight Arena also marks the first true road game for UVA, as the only games the Cavaliers have played away from home were Nov. 18-21 at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam (L, 55-57 to TCU; W, 49-35 over Drexel; W, 60-52 over Drake).
On the season, the defensive-minded Cavaliers have held all nine opponents to under 60 points. Virginia ranks at or near the top of the ACC in five major statistical categories: scoring defense (47.9 ppg), scoring margin (+18.8), free throw percentage (.742), rebounding defense (26.4), turnover margin (+2.89). In addition, UVA ranks second in rebounding margin (+6.9) and steals (7.6 spg).
UVA senior forward Mike Scott ranks in the top 10 among ACC players in scoring (8th, 15.3 ppg), rebounding (3rd, 9.1 rpg) and field goal percentage (1st, .584). Scott recently moved into ninth place on UVA’s career rebounding list. He was one of six players selected to the 2011-12 Preseason All-ACC Squad joining: Harrison Barnes, North Carolina; John Henson, North Carolina; Tyler Zeller, North Carolina; Malcolm Grant, Miami; Seth Curry, Duke.
Sunday’s game has piqued the interest of seven NBA teams, as scouts from the following teams are slated to watch the Ducks battle the Cavaliers: Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards.
Great seats for the Oregon-Virginia match-up be purchased online at goducks.com. In-person sales are also available at the Moshofsky Center Ticket Office (Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) or the Matthew Knight Arena Box Office (Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.).
Oregon Athletics also has several mini-plan ticket packages for the 2011-12 men’s basketball campaign. Four of the featured mini-plans, the GLOBAL SPORTS HOOPS SHOWCASE, SUNDAY FUNDAY, GREEN, the YELL-O, offer an affordable and flexible option to enjoy the inaugural Pac-12 Conference season. Click here for more information on all available mini-plans.