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Homestand Game Four: Virginia hosts Seattle (Game Thread)

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What: Virginia Cavaliers (8-3, 1-0 ACC) vs. Seattle Redhawks (4-10)

Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Date: Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Place: John Paul Jones Arena
TV: None
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network

Spread: N/A
Last Meeting: First Meeting
Last Time Out: Seattle 70, San Jose State 86
Series: First Meeting

In the first-ever meeting between these two squads, it'll be Seattle's fast-paced offense against Virginia's more premeditated approach. The Redhawks have only scored less than 70 four times this season - a pretty remarkable feat for a 4-10 squad. Virginia will be the second ACC that the Redhawks face this season, having lost to Maryland early on 105-76.

Virginia is 5-0 at home this season, after the 1 point squeaker against Norfolk State earlier this week. The Hoos are tired and just want to go home for their winter break, so they might be looking past Seattle at this point. Seattle's only noteworthy win of the season is against Oregon State, a 4-6 team, but a Pac-10 team nonetheless.

Seattle's Probable Starters

G Garrett Lever Sr. 3.3 ppg 5.9 rpg 1.6 apg
G Cervante Burrell Jr. 12.5 ppg 2.8 rpg 3.2 apg
G Sterling Carter Fr.
13.1 ppg 2.9 rpg 2.4 apg
F
Aaron Broussard Jr.
14.9 ppg 8.4 rpg
F
Alex Jones Sr. 10.9 ppg 3.6 rpg

Those are some interesting numbers for Seattle, who as a team, averages 40.7% field goal shooting and 38.8 rebounds per game (66th in the nation). By contrast, Virginia shoots 43.8% and averages only 32.6 rebounds per game (287th).

I may have said this on Monday as well, but by all accounts, Virginia should be able to win this game. That said, we learned on Monday (again) that the Cavaliers play to the level of their opponent. So while I believe this could be a blowout early on in favor of Virginia, I won't be shocked when it turns out to be a close game.