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Virginia hosts Norfolk State: Game Thread

What: Virginia Cavaliers (7-3, 1-0 ACC) vs. Norfolk State Spartans (1-7, 0-1 MEAC)

Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Date: Monday, December 20, 2010
Place: John Paul Jones Arena
TV: None
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network

Spread: N/A
Last Meeting: First Meeting
Last Time Out: Norfolk State 54, Maine 74
Series: First Meeting

Virginia looks to extend a four-game win streak and stay undefeated at home this season tonight when Norfolk State visits Charlottesville. The Spartans have lost six in a row and are hoping to reverse the trend against a Cavalier team that's defeated No. 13 Minnesota, ACC Preseason No. 2 Virginia Tech, and most recently, Oregon.

Norfolk State's Mike Scott-equivalent, Kyle O'Quinn, has had four consecutive double-double nights and averages 15.4 points per game and 11.8 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Scott, while participating in shoot around, is not expected to play tonight. Scott was out for the Oregon game as well, after arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle.

By all accounts, the Cavaliers should be able to extend to the streak to five tonight. Here are Norfolk State's probable starters:

Norfolk State's Probable Starters

G Aleek Pauline Sr. 8.4 ppg 3.1 rpg
G Rob Hampton So. 15.8 ppg 3.4 rpg
G/F Rodney McCauley Jr.
4.4 ppg 2.8 rpg
Marcos Tamares So.
6.3 ppg 3.5 rpg
Kyle O'Quinn Jr. 15.4 ppg 1.8 rpg

This is the first-ever meeting between the two squads. Fun fact: Norfolk State is the only Division I opponent in Virginia that UVa has never played.

Virginia has kept each of its last two opponents to under 50 points and hopes to do it again tonight. If they do, it'll be the first time a Virginia has done so in three consecutive games since the 1948-1949 season.

Virginia's KT Harrell was just named the ACC Rookie of the Week today.