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NCAA Basketball: Coppin State at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

How to watch the No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers (3-0) vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (3-1)

Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Location: The Bahamas | Imperial Arena
TV & Online Streaming: ESPN 2 | WatchESPN.com
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network
Latest Sportsbook Odds: Virginia is favored by 20.5 points.


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

Otherwise, here are a few fun facts courtesy of Virginia Media Relations.

For Openers

  • UVA meets Middle Tennessee for the second time.
  • The Cavaliers own a nation-leading 21-game winning streak in the month of November dating back to the 2015-16 season.
  • UVA is 117-35 (.770) in non-conference action under Tony Bennett.
  • The Cavaliers have captured championships in each of their last five Thanksgiving holiday tournaments (Emerald Coast Classic, Charleston Classic, Barclays Center Classic, Corpus Christi Challenge, NIT Season Tip-Off).

Broadcast Information

  • The Virginia-Middle Tennessee game will be televised on ESPN2 and streamed online on ACC Network Extra (WatchESPN.com) and broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network, VirginiaSports.com and Virginia Sports app.
  • Live statistics will be located on VirginiaSports.com and the Virginia Sports app.

The Head Coach

  • Three-time National and ACC Coach of the Year Tony Bennett has a 222-86 (.721) mark in 10 seasons at Virginia and 291-118 (.712) career mark in 13 seasons overall.
  • In 2017-18, Bennett led Virginia to its eighth ACC regular-season title, third ACC Tournament championship, school-record 31 wins, ACC-record 17 league wins and ACC-record 9-0 mark on the road.
  • Bennett was named the USBWA Henry Iba National Coach of the Year for the third time to rank second all-time behind legendary John Wooden, who captured the award six times.

UVA Ranked No. 4 in AP Poll

  • Virginia is ranked No. 4 in the AP poll for the second straight week.
  • UVA was ranked No. 5 in the preseason polls and has been ranked in the top 10 in the preseason rankings in four of the past five seasons.
  • The Cavaliers were unranked in the 2017-18 preseason polls, but became the fourth team in the Top 25 era (1990-present) to earn a No. 1 ranking after being unranked in the preseason.
  • Dating back to last season, UVA has been ranked in the AP poll for 19 straight weeks and has been ranked in the top 10 in each of the past 15 polls.

Last Time Out

  • De’Andre Hunter had a season-high 20 points and Mamadi Diakite added a career-high 18 points as No. 4 Virginia routed Coppin State 97-40 on Friday, Nov. 16.
  • UVA’s 97 points were its most under 10th-year head coach Tony Bennett and the 57-point win was the third largest in school history.
  • Ty Jerome added 11 points and six assists and Kihei Clark sank a trio of 3-pointers in the lopsided win.
  • UVA shot 60.3 percent from the field and went 15 of 25 from 3-point range

All-Time vs. the Blue Raiders

  • UVA is 1-0 all-time against Middle Tennessee in a series that dates back to the 1988-89 season.
  • No. 5 seed Virginia defeated No. 13 seed Middle Tennesee 104-88 in the second round of the 1989 NCAA Tournament in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Richard Morgan had a game-high 33 points, while Bryant Stith added 26 points and John Crotty chipped in 25 in the win.
  • UVA shot 54.7 percent from the floor and went 27 of 34 from the charity stripe.
  • Randy Henry and Chris Rainey led Middle Tennessee with 23 points apiece.