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HALFTIME: Virginia 29, Louisville 14

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Strong defense stifles Cardinals in top-20 matchup

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In a sharp contrast to what Virginia Cavaliers fans have come to dread when the Hoos play on the road, U.Va. got out to a fast start and staked themselves to a 15-point halftime lead, 29-14.

Virginia's scoring came in a balanced effort. No player was in double digits, as Malcolm Brogdon was the leading scorer with 8. Anthony Gill was the team's leading rebounder with three, but sat for the final two-plus minutes with two fouls.

Louisville's leading scorer is Quentin Snider with 7, who was also the only Louisville scorer for the 11 minutes of the game.

Tony Bennett started sophomore Isaiah Wilkins over Mike Tobey or Jack Salt, and Zay repaid the decision. Wilkins is 2-for-2 from the floor and has contributed several blocks and stops, including a drawn charge.

Interior fouls could be a huge part of the second half. Center Mangok Mathiang is out as he recovers from a foot injury, and Anas Mahmoud is reportedly playing through illness. Chinanu Onuaku has two fouls at the half. Gill and Wilkins both have two fouls for Virginia.