The Virginia Cavaliers look to make it two straight conference wins on the road Tuesday when they travel to the Petersen Events Center to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers. The game is scheduled for a 9 pm tipoff and it will be televised on the ACC Network.
The Cavaliers have responded well since losing two straight back in mid-December as they won their last two games by a combined 38 points. Virginia improved to 10-2 overall and 2-1 in the ACC on Saturday when they defeated Georgia Tech 74-56 on the road.
UVA came out strong but thanks to some sloppy play they saw their lead reduced to 27-25 late in the first half. That’s when the Cavaliers would go on a 25-0 run that spanned the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half. After the run, UVA would coast to the easy win.
UVA held Georgia Tech to 0.86 points per possession despite them shooting 43.8 percent from three. UVA shot 47 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from three (10-22). The Cavaliers were led by Kihei Clark who had 15 points, eight assists, and three steals. Joining him in double figures were Kadin Shedrick (11 points), Jayden Gardner (14 points), and Armann Franklin (11 points). With the victory, Bennett improved to 326-119 at UVA. He’s now tied with Terry Holland (326-173 in 16 seasons) for the most coaching wins in program history.
Pitt comes into Tuesday’s contest having won four straight games since a 75-74 loss to Vanderbilt. That includes two straight wins in ACC play. The Panthers are 10-4 overall and 3-0 in the ACC. They have wins over UNC, Syracuse, NC State, and Northwestern. They have lost to Vanderbilt, VCU, Michigan, and West Virginia.
They have won each of their last two games by two points. They defeated UNC on Saturday 76-74. They won despite only shooting 20 percent from three (5-25). The Panthers held the Tar Heels to 1.03 points per possession as well as 31.8 percent from three (7-22).
The Panthers were led by Jamarius Burton who had 31 points on 14-17 shooting. He was joined in double figures by Blake Hinson who finished with 16 points.
Virginia has won eight in a row over the Panthers and leads the all-time series 19-4.