Game Notes: #25 Virginia hosts Radford on Friday night

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No. 25 Virginia hosts Radford in nonconference action on Friday, Nov. 12. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is slated for 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.

For Openers

  • UVA is 6-0 all-time vs. Radford.
  • UVA’s season-opening loss to Navy was just the second to begin a season in the Tony Bennett era at Virginia (13-2).
  • UVA is 146-42 (.777) in nonconference action under Bennett.

Broadcast Information

  • The Virginia-Radford game will be streamed online on ACC Network Extra via at and ESPN App.
  • The game will also be broadcast on Virginia Sports Radio Network, and Virginia Sports app.
  • Live statistics will be located on and the Virginia Sports app.

The Head Coach

  • Dean and Markel Families Head Men’s Basketball Coach Tony Bennett has a 295-104 (.739) mark in 13 seasons at Virginia and 364-137 (.727) career mark in 16 seasons as a head coach.
  • The three-time National (2007, 2015 and 2018) and four-time ACC Coach of the Year (2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019) guided the Cavaliers to their 10th ACC regular-season championship in 2020-21.
  • In 2018-19, Bennett led the Cavaliers to their first NCAA national championship, a share of their ninth ACC regular-season title and a school-record 35 wins.
  • Bennett has led UVA to 10 consecutive postseason appearances (2012-21) and seven consecutive NCAA tournaments (2014-21).

Hoo Are These Cavaliers?

  • We play defense, take good shots, share and take care of the basketball, rebound and play more defense.
  • UVA is led by its returning backcourt of Kihei Clark (12 ppg) and Reece Beekman (8 ppg, 6 apg & 5 rpg), and the additions of transfers Jayden Gardner (18 ppg, 10 rpg) and Armaan Franklin (7 ppg).
  • Clark has played 94 games at UVA and was an All-ACC honorable mention selection last season, while Beekman had a team-high 30 steals and was second with 75 assists.
  • The Cavaliers added transfers Gardner (East Carolina) and Franklin (Indiana) to fill the void left by 2020-21 standouts Sam Hauser (16.0 ppg), Jay Huff (13.0 ppg) and Trey Murphy III (11.3 ppg).
  • Gardner averaged 18.5 points and 8.9 rebounds in 79 career games at East Carolina, while Franklin averaged 11.4 points and shot 42.5 percent from 3-point range for the Hoosiers in 2020-21.
  • Kadin Shedrick and Francisco Caffaro anchor the paint, while Carson McCorkle, Kody Stattmann, Taine Murray and Igor Miliĉić Jr. provide perimeter shooting and depth.

All-Time vs. Radford

  • Virginia is 6-0 all-time against Radford in the series that dates back to 1987-88.
  • The Cavaliers have won all six of the games at home against the Highlanders, including a 2-0 mark at John Paul Jones Arena.
  • UVA has limited the Highlanders to 56 points or fewer in four of the six meetings.
  • The Cavaliers are averaging 75.2 points in the series vs. Radford.
  • Tony Bennett is 2-0 all-time vs. Radford as a head coach, including a win at Washington State.

Last Time vs. the Highlanders

  • Mustapha Farrakhan and Joe Harris each tallied 14 points to lead Virginia to a 54-44 win over Radford at John Paul Jones Arena on Dec. 7, 2010.
  • KT Harrel added 13 points (3 of 3 3-pointers) and Mike Scott added 10 points and 13 rebounds as the Cavaliers improved to 6-3 under second-year head coach Tony Bennett.
  • UVA outrebounded Radford 35-30 and limited the Highlanders to 38.6 percent from the field.
  • The Cavaliers went 8 of 21 from 3-point range and made 20 free throws.

Cavaliers vs. the Commonwealth

  • UVA is 72-16 against teams from Virginia since 1999-00.
  • UVA has won 25 of its last 29 games against teams from Virginia, including a 36-point win over William & Mary on Dec. 22.
  • UVA went 1-1 against the Commonwealth in 2020-21, posting a win vs. William & Mary (76-40) and loss at Virginia Tech (65-51).

On The Horizon

  • No. 25 Virginia travels to No. 15 Houston on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Tipoff at Fertitta Center is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN.


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