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UVa Hosts Boston College: Game Thread

What: Virginia Cavaliers (14-13, 5-8 ACC) vs. Boston College Eagles (16-11, 6-7 ACC)

Time: 12:00 noon
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011
Place: John Paul Jones Arena
TV: NESN/RSN
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network

Spread: Vegas: Virginia -1.5; Pomeroy: Virginia wins by 1
Last Meeting: January 19, 2011; Virginia 67, Georgia Tech 70
Last Time Out: Boston College 64, Miami 73
Series: Virginia 7, BC 5

You read the spread right. For the first time in what feels like years, Virginia is the favorite to win today's matchup against the Eagles. The Hoos lost a nailbiter of game to BC earlier this year, in which Virginia led for most of the second half. The Cavaliers will look to avenge the loss and earn their third straight win today.

Boston College's Probable Starters

F
Danny Rubin Fr. 4.6 ppg 1.7 rpg 0.6 apg
F
Joe Trapani Sr. 14.7 ppg 7.6 rpg 1.7 apg
C
Josh Southern Sr.
6.9 ppg
3.9 rpg 1.4 apg
G
Reggie Jackson Jr.
18.2 ppg 4.3 rpg 4.4 apg
G
Biko Paris Sr. 10.0 ppg 2.2 rpg 3.5 apg

Mustapha FarrakhanJoe Harris

Speaking of threes, in the past two wins, Virginia has shot better from beyond the arc than they have two-pointers. The Cavaliers will want to keep this in mind and be willing to pull a quick trigger to hit treys. Assane Sene will need to stay under the basket to pull down any errant threes.

Fun Notes:

  • Virginia has not had six wins in the ACC since the 2006-07 season, when they tied for first in the regular season after going 11-5.
  • Will Sherrill is still feeling plenty of pain after fracturing his right fibula. The captain has missed eight games due to injury this season, but, as he says, "Thankfully it's an injury where you can play with it, if you can handle playing with some pain."
  • With just one block today, Sene will enter Virginia's top ten career blocks list, at 88.
  • Freshman Joe Harris currently has the highest 3-point field goal percentage of any freshman since the conference's expansion in 2003, at 41.7%. The next closest guy is Clemson's Terrence Oglesby at 40.3% in 2008.

That's it for now. Please leave your game thoughts here!