Delaware (1-1) at Virginia (1-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 13, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: John Paul Jones Arena (14,593) - Charlottesville, Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: Delaware 0-0, Virginia 1-0. Away Record: Delaware 0-1, Virginia 0-1. Neutral Record: Delaware 1-0, Virginia 0-0. Conference Record: Delaware 0-0, Virginia 0-0. Series Record: Virginia leads, 10-1.
GAME NOTES: A couple of teams seeking a trip to Madison Square Garden next week get together in Charlottesville on Tuesday evening, as the Virginia Cavaliers entertain the Delaware Blue Hens in the South Regional Championship Round of the 2012 NIT Season Tip-Off.
Virginia managed to bounce back from a season-opening loss at George Mason (63-59) on Friday by taking out the Fairfield Stags on Monday, 54-45, at home.
The Blue Hens were in the same position as the Cavaliers after the season opener, losing to La Salle at Tom Gola Arena on Saturday, 73-66, but the team responded in a positive manner with an 84-69 triumph over another Philadelphia-based team in the Penn Quakers on Monday as well.
In a relationship that dates back to 1921, the Cavaliers own a lopsided 10-1 advantage in the all-time series versus Delaware, winning nine in a row and the seven of eight games played at home. The most recent encounter took place in 1999 when Virginia put up a 72-64 victory at home.
Devon Saddler scored a team-best 19 points, leading four players in double figures, as the Delaware Blue Hens topped the Penn Quakers by double figures yesterday. Saddler, who shot just 4-of-13 from the floor, added eight rebounds, four assists and three steals, but was also charged with eight turnovers for the Blue Hens in their first victory of the 2012-13 campaign. Josh Brinkley came up a rebound shy of a double-double as he tallied 15 points, followed by Terrell Rogers and Jarvis Threatt with 14 and 12 points, respectively. In the second half Delaware, which beat Penn on the glass by a 47-24 margin, pulled away thanks to 52.0 percent accuracy from the field and 15-of-20 at the charity stripe, en route to the 15-point triumph. In the game with La Salle, four of five starters scored in double figures for the Hens, starting with Threatt who tallied 17 points, while Saddler and Brinkley contributed 14 and 10 points, respectively. Jamelle Hagins, who scored just six points and cleared seven rebounds in a mere 16 minutes of action before fouling out against Penn, recorded a double-double in the first game of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds, adding five blocked shots as well.
Joe Harris scored 15 points, one of three in double figures, as the Virginia Cavaliers posted the nine-point win over the Fairfield Stags in their own building on Monday. Akil Mitchell accounted for 12 points and eight rebounds and Evan Nolte 11 points off the bench for the Cavaliers as they picked up their first win of the season. Virginia made good on 6-of-11 shots behind the three-point line in the first half and shot an even 50 percent from the floor in the period as well. One key factor in the triumph was not only the Cavs outscoring Fairfield at the free-throw line, 14-4, it was the unit's defensive efforts as the Stags shot only 36.2 percent from the field overall. Through two games Virginia has watched the competition shoot a miserable 12-of-25 at the charity stripe, an effort that probably won't continue once the team's league schedule kicks in. Although, if the Cavs continue to shoot just 40.4 percent from the floor and allow the competition to make good on 40.0 percent behind the three-point line they might need foes to crumble at the charity stripe in order to remain competitive.
While it wasn't the case on Monday, keeping Hagins on the floor will be crucial for the Blue Hens because if he gets in foul trouble it will open the door for Virginia to begin making travel plans for the Big Apple.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Virginia 61, Delaware 56
11/13 10:35:22 ET