Wofford (6-6) at Virginia (9-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 30, 1 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: John Paul Jones Arena (14,493) -- Charlottesville, Virginia. Television: RSN. Home Record: Wofford 3-0, Virginia 8-1. Away Record: Wofford 2-6, Virginia 1-2. Neutral Record: Wofford 1-0, Virginia 0-0. Conference Record: Wofford 0-1, Virginia 0-0. Series Record: Virginia leads, 1-0.
GAMES NOTES: In their last matchup before Atlantic Coast Conference play begins, the Virginia Cavaliers will look to bounce back against the Wofford Terriers at John Paul Jones Arena Sunday afternoon.
With a 56-55 win over Xavier last Saturday, Wofford improved its overall record to 6-6 and won for just the second time in eight road contests. The Terriers have won four of their last five games entering this matchup and will play the final contest of a five-game road trip next Friday against Tulane.
Virginia let a 10-point lead in the second half slip away against Old Dominion last Saturday and ended up on the losing end of a 63-61 decision. The loss put an end to a nine-game winning streak for the Cavaliers, who are now 9-3 overall this season. That includes an impressive 8-1 mark at home. Virginia will face North Carolina in its ACC opener next Sunday.
These teams met for the first and only time during the 2002-03 season when Virginia defeated Wofford 87-65.
The Terriers rallied from a 12-point deficit and took a 49-47 lead with 3:10 remaining in the second half against Xavier. Wofford would not trail again as the team hit 5-of-6 free-throw attempts in the final minutes. Karl Cochran poured in 20 points to pace the Terriers.
Playing in low scoring games has become second nature for Wofford which is scoring just 61.5 points per game and netting 39.2 percent of its field goal attempts. Despite poor offensive numbers, the Terriers have managed to remain competitive by tightening up on the defensive end. The Terriers allow just 58.2 points per game on 41.4 percent shooting and have given up the 16th- fewest assists (9.5 pg) in the country. Cochran (17.1 ppg) is scoring in bunches but has required a great many shots to do so. The 6-foot-1 guard is shooting just 38.9 percent from the field. Lee Skinner (11.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg) adds scoring and is the top rebounder and Spencer Collins (10.8 ppg) rounds out the double-figure scorers. Collins also shoots poorly (32.3 FG percentage) but is one of just three players scoring more than six point a game.
A 21-4 run by Old Dominion in the second half sank Virginia last Saturday. The Cavaliers shot just 37.0 percent in the final 20 minutes en route to the two- point loss. Joe Harris notched 18 points and Evan Nolte added 15 off the bench for the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers also know a thing or two about low-scoring games. Virginia has held teams to the fourth-lowest scoring average (51.7 ppg) in the country this season and also rank third in assists allowed (8.2 pg) and 10th in opponent field goal percentage (.354). While defensively dominant, the Cavaliers are rather pedestrian in terms of offense. Virginia scores just 64.0 points per game and shoots at a 44.9 percent clip from the field. Harris (15.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg) has been the team's most reliable scorer. The 6-foot-6 guard is shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 44.8 percent from beyond the arc and has scored in double figures in 10 games. Akil Mitchell (13.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg) is the only other player in double figures.
Virginia just ran out of gas against Old Dominion. This time around the Cavaliers should have enough in the tank to keep the Terriers under wraps.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Virginia 68, Wofford 57
12/30 11:05:12 ET