No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers (2-1) vs. Long Beach St. 49ers (3-0)
Time: 9:30 ET
Date: November 20, 2015
Place: Charleston, SC (TD Arena)
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network
Spread: Vegas: UVA -15.5; KenPom: UVA 74, Long Beach 55 (94%)
Last Meeting: N/A
The Virginia Cavaliers look to extend their current one-game winning streak in the Charleston Classic semifinals, where the Hoos will meet the 49ers of Long Beach State.
Here's our preview of the 49ers' squad, who are off to a nice 3-0 start that includes wins over two KenPom top-100 teams, BYU and Seton Hall, by 2 and 3 points, respectively. While KenPom rates Long Beach as #213 in the nation, that probably doesn't give the team enough credit; Maryland transfer Nick Faust is now eligible, and the system doesn't take transfers into account. But Vegas does have the Hoos as 15.5 point favorites as of now.
With a win, UVA takes on George Mason, who beat Oklahoma State in OT earlier today, in the Charleston Classic championship game. With a loss, the Hoos...well, nobody wants to think about that. In any case, the tournament hasn't been favorable to Virginia's strength of schedule, as top-100 Seton Hall and top-50 Oklahoma State didn't hold up their end of the bargain - both dropped games to mid-majors and fell out of the winners' bracket.
Tip is at 9:30 PM on ESPNU. (And the final, if UVA qualifies, will be Sunday night at 9:30 as well, for you night owls.) In the meantime, leave your pre-, in- and post-game thoughts here, and GO HOOS!