Virginia Basketball | No. 5 Virginia hosts Maryland Eastern Shore Friday

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. – No. 5 Virginia (4-0) hosts Maryland Eastern Shore (2-3) in extra-conference action on Friday, Nov. 25. Tipoff at the John Paul Jones Arena is scheduled for 6 p.m. on ACC Network.

For openers
• Virginia, No. 5, returns to the top-5 national rankings for the first time since a No. 4 preseason in 2020-21.
• UVA are 4-0 up 7-0 for the first time since 2019/20.
• Reece Beekman, MVP of the Continental Tire Main Event, was recognized for his performances in Las Vegas for the first time as ACC Player of the Week.
• UVA shoots 46.9 percent from 3-point range, compared to 32.3 percent in 2021-22.
• UVA is 89-10 in non-conference action under Tony Bennett at the John Paul Jones Arena
• UVA ranks first nationally in free throws per game (22.5) and free throw attempts per game (30.5), fifth in 3-point percentage (46.9%), 11th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1 .72) and 19th in turnovers per game (10.0).

broadcast information
• The Virginia vs. Maryland Eastern Shore game will be televised on ACC Network and streamed online at WatchESPN.com.
• The game will also be broadcast on Virginia Sports Radio Network, VirginiaSports.com and the Virginia Sports App.
• Live stats will be available on VirginiaSports.com and the Virginia Sports App.

The head coach
• Tony Bennett, head basketball coach for the Dean and Markel Families, has a 320-117 (.732) mark in 14 seasons with UVA and a career mark of 389-150 (.722) in 17 seasons as head coach.
• Bennett needs seven wins to overtake Terry Holland (326-173, 16 seasons) as UVA’s all-time leading manager.
• Bennett needs 11 wins to reach 400 career wins.
• Bennett has led the Cavaliers to five ACC regular-season titles (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2021), two ACC tournament titles (2014 and 2018) and one NCAA national championship (2019).
• The three-time national coach (2007, 2015 and 2018) and four-time ACC Coach of the Year (2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019) led UVA 2021-22 for the tenth consecutive postseason.

UVA ranked 5th in the latest AP poll
• UVA is ranked 5th in the most recent national AP poll.
• UVA returns to the top five for the first time since fourth in the 2020-21 pre-season rankings.
• The Cavaliers’ last regular-season top-five finish was December 2, 2019.
• The Cavaliers finished 18th in the AP Preseason Poll.
• UVA has been in the AP preseason top-25 for the fifth straight year and has been ninth in the last 10 seasons under Tony Bennett.

About the Cavaliers
• UVA brings back all five starters from last season’s team that finished 21-14, 12-8 in the ACC (sixth) and advanced to the NIT Quarterfinals.
• We play defensively, make quality shots, pass the basketball, limit turnovers and transition points, rebound and play more defensively.
• The Cavaliers are returning 91.4 percent of their goals from last season, the most of any NCAA Division I team (Portland 91.1%, Dayton 89.4% and Penn 88.5%).
• Returning starters Kihei Clark (9.0 ppg, 4.5 apg), Reece Beekman (11.0 ppg, 6.0 apg), Jayden Gardner (7.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg), Kadin Shedrick (10 .8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.5 bpg) and Armaan Franklin (16.0 ppg, 45.5% 3FG) lead the Cavaliers.
• Transfer Ben Vander Plas (9.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg), newcomers Isaac McKneely (5.3 ppg, 50% 3FG) and Ryan Dunn (5.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg), Francisco Caffaro (4 .7 ppg, 2.7 rpg) and Taine Murray (3.5 ppg). ) give depth.
• Isaac Traudt and Leon Bond III wear red shirts this season.

All-time against Maryland Eastern Shore
• Virginia is 2-0 all-time against Maryland Eastern Shore.
• The Cavaliers meet the Hawks for the first time since December 27, 2011, when UVA defeated UMES 69-42 at the John Paul Jones Arena.
• Mike Scott led the Cavaliers with 17 points and Darion Atkins added 13.
• UVA shot 50 percent to the win, limiting the Hawks to 27.8 percent (15 of 54).
• The Cavaliers won the first game between the teams on November 26, 2006 at the John Paul Jones Arena, 104-63.

Last time against Maryland Eastern Shore
• Virginia is 2-0 all-time against Maryland Eastern Shore.
• The Cavaliers meet the Hawks for the first time since December 27, 2011, when UVA defeated UMES 69-42 at the John Paul Jones Arena.
• Mike Scott led the Cavaliers with 17 points and Darion Atkins added 13.
• UVA shot 50 percent to the win, limiting the Hawks to 27.8 percent (15 of 54).
• The Cavaliers won the first game between the teams on November 26, 2006 at the John Paul Jones Arena, 104-63.

Scoring Surge
• UVA averages 79.5 points per game, the highest in Tony Bennett’s era.
• UVA have scored 70 or more points in their first four games for the first time since the start of the 2018-19 season, with five games scoring 70 or more points.
• UVA is 148-11 when scoring 70 or more under Bennett.
• The Cavaliers shoot 49 percent from the field, 46.9 of them from 3-point range.
• UVA shot 44.9 percent from the field last season, with 32.3 percent from 3-pointers.

last time out
• Then no. 16 Virginia (4-0) scored 13 unanswered points late in the second half and held on to defeat. 19 Illinois (4-1), 70-61, in the championship game of the Continental Tire Main Event on Sunday (Nov. 20) at T-Mobile Arena.
• Virginia was led by guard Reece Beekman, who had the best 5-of-7 shooting goal with 17 points and was named the event’s Most Valuable Player.
• Thirteen of Beekman’s 17 points came in the second half, when he also made all three of his steals. Jayden Gardner (12 points, 3-5 FG) and Kihei Clark (12 points, 4-9 FG) also scored in double digits for the Cavaliers.
• With victories over Baylor and Illinois, UVA recorded back-to-back ranked wins for the first time since the end of the 2019-20 season (52-50 against No.7 Duke and 57-54 against No.10 Louisville). ).

At the horizon
• Virginia, No. 5, plays Tuesday, November 29 in Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Tipoff at Crisler Arena is scheduled for 9:30 p.m

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