No. 12 Virginia Cavaliers (9-1) vs. California Golden Bears (9-2)
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Time: 10:00 P.M. ET
Location: Haas Pavilion (Berkeley, CA)
Online Streaming: ACC Network Extra
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network or Sirius 81, XM 81
Latest Point Spread: Virginia is favored by 2.5. (Kenpom: UVA 58, Cal 53, 68%)
Wait, you’re still awake? West coast evening tip-offs should be banned.
That said, as Virginia’s final out of conference game before ACC play starts (there is still a return trip to Villanova coming up on January 29), the Hoos are just barely favored in what should be a tight contest between two great defenses, which is music the Hoos’ ears, but nightmare fuel for the rest of the country, probably.
Here are four bullet points taken straight from the UVA Game Notes:
- California head coach Cuonzo Martin served as an assistant coach for the 2011 USA Basketball Men's World University Games National Team, while Virginia head coach Tony Bennett served as a court coach during that team's training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Virginia redshirt junior guard Darius Thompson played for Cuonzo Martin at Tennessee during his freshman season in 2013-14.
- UVA senior guard London Perrantes is a Los Angeles native, playing his high school basketball at Crespi Carmelite.
- UVA ranks first in the nation in scoring defense at 46.7 points per game and has held eight of its 10 opponents to 52 or fewer points.Virginia has held seven of nine teams to under 55 this season, and we should expect this to be the eighth.
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