Countdown to #ACCTipoff: Virginia Cavaliers


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Picked to finish seventh in the media’s pre-season poll, the Cavaliers finished 2013 with a 23-12 record and a fourth-place finish in the ACC with an 11-7 mark ... Virginia made its 13th NIT appearance, advancing to the NIT quarterfinals for the first time since 1992 ... the Cavaliers posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 1992-1993 ... Virginia’s 20 home wins (20-2) marked a school record and the 11 ACC wins were the most since 2007...  the Cavaliers held 26 of their 35 opponents under 60 points and led the ACC and were fifth nationally in scoring defense at 55.6 points per game.

The league’s lone returning first team all-conference performer, Joe Harris was fourth in the ACC a year ago in scoring (16.3), fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (.425), 12th in field goal percentage (.468) ... scored in double figures in 31 of Virginia’s 35 games, including nine games with 20 or more points ... second among returning ACC players with 1,255 career points.

Virginia is one of seven Division I teams to improve its win total in each of the last four years (Colorado State, Indiana, North Carolina Central, Oregon, Southeast Missouri State and Southern Miss).

Akil Mitchell averaged a career-high 13.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game as a junior in 2013 ... scored in double figures in 27 of 35 games and led UVa in rebounds in 28 games.

Returning Numbers

2012-13 PG Pct.
Starts120 of 175.690

Team Statistics

Category   ACC NCAA
Scoring Offense64.211256
Scoring Defense55.615
FG Percentage.457454
FT Percentage.7065132
3-Pt FG Pct.385317
3-Pt FG PG6.15169
FG Pct. Defense.388216
Blocked Shots4.4466
Rebound Margin+1.56130
Turnover Margin+1.7368
Tony Bennett    
Washington State(3)69-33
Career Totals(7)145-86
3 NCAA appearances3-3
2 NIT appearances2-2