Previewing Virginia

Joe Harris

Joe Harris and Virginia will look to extend its three-game winning streak tonight versus State. Here is a quick preview of the Cavaliers.

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    PROJECTED STARTERS
    G 01 Jontel Evans SR 3.1 ppg, 4.2 apg
    G 12 Joe Harris JR 14.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg
    G 02 Paul Jesperson SO 4.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg
    F 25 Akil Mitchell JR 12.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg
    F 11 Evan Nolte FR 7.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg

    STAR WATCH
    Joe Harris - One of the most underrated players in the ACC, Joe Harris impacts the game in a variety of ways for the Cavaliers.

    He is a very good defender, and has scored 12 or more points in 16 of 19 games. A prolific outside shooter, Harris currently leads the ACC in 3-point FG%.


    Virginia Game Notes

    FOR OPENERS
    • Virginia has a three-game winning streak and plays its first ranked opponent of the season.

    • Virginia is 5-12 vs. ranked opponents during the four-year Tony Bennett era.

    • The Cavaliers rank second nationally in scoring defense at 51.1 points per game as of Jan. 28.

    • The Cavaliers have won 11 consecutive games at John Paul Jones Arena and a win vs. NC State would tie Virginia's longest winning streak of 12 games at the arena set from Jan. 16-Nov. 27, 2007.

    • Virginia is 4-1 in its last five games vs. NC State.

    • Junior guard Joe Harris leads the ACC in 3-point shooting accuracy at a career-best 46.7 percent.

    • The Cavaliers are tied for third in the ACC at 4-2, while NC State is second at 5-2 as of Jan. 28.

    ALL-TIME VS. NC STATE
    • NC State holds an 81-58 advantage over Virginia in a series that dates back to 1912-13.

    • Virginia is 35-23 against the Wolfpack in Charlottesville, including a 4-0 mark at JPJA.

    • UVa and NC State split two games last season as the Cavaliers beat the Wolfpack, 61-60, on Jan. 28, 2012, and NC State beat UVa, 67-64, in the ACC Tournament on March 9, 2012.

    • NC State is the only winless ACC team at JPJA.

    LAST TIME OUT
    • UVa beat Boston College, 65-51, on Saturday, Jan. 26.

    • Justin Anderson scored a career-high 16 points and Akil Mitchell added 16 points and six rebounds to lead the Cavaliers in the win.

    • Paul Jesperson added a career-high seven rebounds and Jontel Evans added six assists.

    • Virginia shot 77.3% from the floor in the second half, marking a season high for a half and highest since shooting 78.3% (18-of-23) in second half vs. Georgia Tech on Feb. 7, 1984

    EMBRACE THE PACE
    • The Cavaliers rank in the top nine nationally in seven defensive categories: points per game (2nd), assists per game (3rd), points per possession (4th) , possessions per 40 minutes (4th), field goal percentage (7th), effective field goal percentage (9th) and true shooting percentage (9th).

    • The Cavaliers have held 16 opponents, including all six ACC foes, under 60 points this season.

    • Virginia has held seven opponents under 50 points this season.

    • The Cavaliers have held four opponents (Tennessee, Mississippi Valley State, Wofford and Florida State) under 40 points this season.

    • UVa has held its opponent under 43 percent shooting from the field in 15 of 19 games.

    • The Cavaliers have held an opponent under 20 points in a half seven times this season.

    ALL-TIME VS. ACC OPPONENTS
    • Virginia is 504- 678 all-time against current ACC members (9-6 vs. Boston College, 68-52 vs. Clemson, 83-53 vs. Virginia Tech, 48-115 vs. Duke, 18-21 vs. Florida State, 34-38 vs. Georgia Tech, 71-106 vs. Maryland, 5-9 vs. Miami, 50-127 vs. UNC, 58-81 vs. NC State and 60-70 vs. Wake Forest.)

    ACC INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS (AS OF JAN. 28)
    • Joe Harris ranks first in the ACC in 3-point shooting accuracy (46.7%), fifth in made 3-point field goals per game (2.2) and seventh in scoring (14.8 ppg).

    • Akil Mitchell ranks fourth in rebounding (8.8 rpg) and defensive rebounds per game (6.1), seventh in offensive rebounds per game (2.8) and 25th in scoring (12.3).

    • Darion Atkins ranks eighth in blocked shots per game (1.6).

    ACC TEAM NOTES
    • The Cavaliers lead the ACC in 3-point field goal accuracy defense at 29.2 percent and rank third in 3-point field goal percentage at 36.8 percent.

    • Virginia is shooting 65.8 percent from the free throw in ACC play, compared to 72.3 percent in nonconference action.

    • A different UVa player has led the team in scoring in each of the last three games (Harris 17 vs. FSU, Nolte 18 at VT and Mitchell and Anderson 16 each vs. BC)

    NO ORDINARY JOE
    • Joe Harris is averaging a career-high 14.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

    • Harris has led UVa in scoring 11 times (19 points at George Mason, 15 points vs. Fairfield, 20 vs. Delaware, 17 vs. Lamar, a season-high 22 at Wisconsin, 20 vs. Green Bay, 13 vs. Tennessee, 18 vs. Old Dominion, 19 vs. North Carolina, 14 at Clemson and 17 vs. Florida State).

    • Harris needs 33 points to become the 42nd Cavalier to reach 1,000 career points.

    • Harris has led UVa in scoring 23 times and scored in double figures 52 times in 82 career games at Virginia.

    • Harris second all-time at UVa in career 3-point shooting accuracy at 41.6 percent.

    AKIL HAS A FEEL
    • Akil Mitchell is averaging career highs in points (12.3) and rebounds (8.8).

    • Mitchell has six double-doubles this season (15-13 vs. Delaware, 14-16 vs. Seattle, 11-10 at Wisconsin, 13-12 vs. Tennessee, 15-12 vs. Morgan State and 10-10 at Wake Forest).

    • Mitchell has scored in double figures in 14 of 19 games.

    • Mitchell has scored a career-high 20 points two times.

    • Mitchell has led UVa in rebounds in 13 games.

    CARRYING ON WITHOUT DARION
    • Sophomore forward Darion Atkins has missed the past three games and is out indefinitely with a right leg injury.

    • Atkins has started 12 games and is averaging a career-best 6.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game.

    • He scored a career-best 17 points vs. Morgan State (12/19/12) and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds vs. Green Bay (12/1/12).

    • UVa is 9-3 with Atkins in the starting lineup.

    • Atkins led UVa with 19 blocked shots last season and already has a team-leading 25 this season.

    FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
    • Five Virginia freshmen (Justin Anderson, Taylor Barnette, Teven Jones, Evan Nolte and Mike Tobey) have started at least one game this season.

    • Nolte leads the newcomers in scoring at 7.2 points per game, followed by Tobey (6.4), Anderson (6.1), Jones (3.5) and Barnette (2.0).

    • Anderson is averaging 11.7 points per game and Nolte 9.7 ppg during the last three games.

    • UVa freshmen are averaging 23.7 points per game, which marks the most since Cavalier freshmen averaged 27.3 ppg in 2003-04.

    RECORDS WATCH
    • Jontel Evans needs 34 assists to move into ninth on UVa's career list.

    • Evans needs 24 steals to tie for 10th on UVa's career list.

    • Joe Harris needs three 3-pointers to rank eighth on UVa's career list.

    • Harris needs 33 points to become the 42nd member of Virginia's 1,000 point club.

    HOLDING FOES UNDER 50
    • Virginia is 7-0 this season when holding opponents under 50 points.

    • Virginia is 24-1 when holding opponents under 50 points in the Tony Bennett era.

    • Last season, Virginia set an ACC record during the shot clock era by holding 11 opponents under 50 points last season.

    • The 11 games of holding opponents under 50 points were the most for the Cavaliers in a season since holding 16 opponents under 50 points in 1945-46.

    THE ELECTRIC 70s
    • Virginia is 30-2 when scoring at least 70 points under Tony Bennett.

    • The Cavaliers are 34-44 over the past four seasons when scoring under 70 points.

    60 IS THE NEW 70
    • UVa is 11-1 when scoring at least 60 points and 3-4 when scoring under 60 points.

    • Last season, Virginia was 18-2 when scoring at least 60 points and 4-8 when scoring under 60 points.

    NOT SO FAST BREAK
    • Virginia has held 18 of its 19 opponents under 10 for fast break points.

    • The Cavaliers held Wisconsin, Mississippi Valley State, Wake Forest, Clemson and Florida State without a fast break point.

    CLEANING THE GLASS
    • Virginia, which is averaging 32.8 rebounds per game, has outrebounded its opponent in 14 of 19 games and is 11-3 in those games.

    • The Cavaliers have grabbed eight or more offensive rebounds in 11 games.

    • Akil Mitchell leads Virginia in offensive rebounds (53), defensive rebounds (115) and total rebounds (168).

    THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME AT JPJ
    • Virginia is 84-32 (.724) in seven seasons at John Paul Jones Arena.

    • The Cavs are 12-1 this season at JPJ after posting a 13-3 record last season.

    • Virginia is 47-16 (.746) at home under head coach Tony Bennett.

    NOTE WORTHY
    • Virginia reserves have scored 10 or more points off the bench in 18 of 19 games.

    • UVa has used seven different starting lineups this season.

    • Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell have started every game.

    • Virginia has used the starting lineup of Teven Jones, Joe Harris, Paul Jesperson, Akil Mitchell and Darion Atkins in nine games.

    • UVa is 9-2 when shooting 70 percent or better from the free throw line.

    • The Cavs are 14-3 when limiting opponents to less than 50 percent shooting from the field.

    • The 84 combined points in the Virginia-Tennessee game tied for the lowest total in UVa history during the shot-clock era.

    • UVa allowed under 40 points for two straight games (vs. Tennessee and Mississippi Valley State) for the first time since 1948-49 (38 by Langley Field, 39 by Richmond Royals).

    • The Cavaliers held Florida State to 36 points, tying a school record for least points allowed to an ACC opponent (NC State, 36, Feb. 10, 1982)

    LONG RANGE BOMBERS
    • Virginia made a season-high 11 3-pointers, including a season-best eight in the first half, at Virginia Tech (1/24/13).

    • Virginia has made six or more 3-pointers in 11 games.

    • Virginia has shot 50 percent or better from 3-point range in five games (North Texas, Green Bay, Wofford, North Carolina and Florida State).

    • Evan Nolte made a career-high five 3-pointers at Virginia Tech.

    • Joe Harris has made four 3-pointers in a game four times this season.

    • The Cavaliers set a John Paul Jones Arena team record for 3-point shooting percentage in a game by drilling 8-of-11 (72.7%) shots beyond the arc vs. North Texas (11/20/12).

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