Green Bay (3-3) at Virginia (5-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 1, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: John Paul Jones Arena (14,593) - Charlottesville, Virginia. Television: RSN. Home Record: Green Bay 2-0, Virginia 4-1. Away Record: Green Bay 0-2, Virginia 1-1. Neutral Record: Green Bay 1-1, Virginia 0-0. Conference Record: Green Bay 0-0, Virginia 0-0. Series Record: Virginia leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: Back home in Charlottesville, the Virginia Cavaliers shoot for their fifth straight win on Saturday as they tangle with the Green Bay Phoenix in non-conference action at John Paul Jones Arena.
Since opening the season with two defeats in three tries, the Cavaliers have responded with four consecutive wins, the most recent of which came on Wednesday night versus Wisconsin on the road in a 60-54 final. For Virginia, which is playing at home for the sixth time already this season, the triumph was the first of the year on the road.
As for the Phoenix, they are playing away from home for the fifth time in seven games, and are trying for back-to-back wins for the second time this season. Last Saturday, the team scored its most lopsided win of the campaign with a 74-59 victory over North Dakota State, snapping a three-game slide in the process.
Virginia won the only previous meeting between the two squads, a 68-42 decision here in Charlottesville a year ago.
Green Bay, which is kicking off a three-game road trip with today's outing, had five players in double figures versus NDSU, with Keifer Sykes leading the way with his 21 points. Sultan Muhammad accounted for 13 points, sinking 4- of-6 shots behind the three-point line, followed by Kam Cerroni and Brennan Cougill with 12 points apiece and Alec Brown 10. Despite shooting just 32.9 percent from the floor on the season, Brown is one of the three scoring in double figures with his 11.7 ppg, not to mention one of the top men on the glass with 7.2 rpg. Jordan Fouse (5.5 ppg) doesn't look for his own shot, but what he does go after is missed attempts, which he collects for 7.7 rpg. Sykes and Cougill are currently pacing the program in scoring with 16.3 and 13.3 ppg, respectively.
In front of a crowd of more than 16,000 in Madison earlier this week, the Virginia defense held the Badgers to just 38.2 percent shooting from the floor and that was enough to give the Cavaliers the edge they needed for the six- point road win. Joe Harris led all scorers with 22 points, although he did make just one of his seven attempts beyond the arc, while Darion Atkins accounted for 14 points and Akil Mitchell registered a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Playing close to 30 minutes per game, Harris leads the Cavs in scoring with his 16.0 ppg, making good on 15-of-34 behind the three-point line, which means the rest of the roster has combined to hit on only 23 triples over seven games. Mitchell (11.6 ppg) is there to take care of action in the paint, pulling down more than nine rebounds per game which means the Cavs are beating foes by four boards per contest.
As long as Virginia handles the tempo of the game and prevents the Phoenix from rising to the occasion, this is a meeting that again should go in favor of the Cavaliers.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Virginia 63, Green Bay 51
12/01 10:42:22 ET