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What: No. 19/21 Virginia Cavaliers (15-3, 2-2 ACC) vs. Boston College Eagles (7-12, 2-3 ACC)

Time: 9:00 p.m.
Date: January 26, 2012
Place: John Paul Jones Arena
TV: ESPNU
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network

Spread: Virginia -18, Pomeroy: Virginia 65-45 (98%)
Last Meeting: Virginia 44, Virginia Tech 63
Last Time Out: Boston College 56, Wake Forest 71
Series: Virginia leads 7-6

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Tonight's game plan is simple: just keep doing what you do. By all accounts, assuming Virginia plays anywhere close to how they've performed the last few games, the Hoos should come out with a win here. Yes, this includes the Virginia Tech game. Why? Because Boston College is simply not very good.

But of course, we are the team who sometimes has the tendency to play down to the level of their opponents. After all, Seattle -- the team that is still transitioning to Division I -- is the team that has scored the most on Virginia this season.

BC has won five of the past six matchups, including a season sweep last year. And unlike us, they actually have a center -- a 7-0 freshman, Dennis Clifford averages 10.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game.

Aside from Clifford, though, BC runs a relatively small 3-guard lineup. Their starting point, Jordan Daniels, checks in at 5-8 (155 lbs), which really probably means 5-6 at best in real life. He, like three others of the starting five, is just a freshman. As a warning, if BC goes man-to-man tonight, be prepared for a lot of Jontel Evans shooting. It's not particularly often that Evans (5-11, 188 lbs) out-sizes the opposing point that much, so he might be feeling loose and fancy free tonight.

All three of Virginia's losses have been by just one possession, and in two of the three, the Hoos have had the final shot to win or tie. It should not come down to that tonight, but as a Virginia fan, you know better than to feel comfortable coming into this game.

Leave your pre-, in- and post-game thoughts here, and Go HOOS!