Thu. Mar 30th, 2023

No. 7 Virginia appears to be like to increase its present profitable streak to 6 video games and proceed to push in direction of the highest of the ACC standings as Boston Faculty involves Charlottesville on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles have gained every of their final two video games, however have not gained at John Paul Jones Area since 2011. 

Learn on for a full preview of Virginia vs. Boston Faculty, together with particulars on the sport, an opponent scouting report, sport notes, and a rating prediction. 

Sport Particulars

Who: Virginia Cavaliers (15-3, 7-2 ACC) vs. Boston Faculty Eagles (10-11, 4-6 ACC)

When: Saturday, January twenty eighth at 12pm ET

The place: John Paul Jones Area in Charlottesville, VA

watch: ACC Regional Sports activities Networks

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All-time collection: Virginia leads 18-8

Final assembly: Virginia defeated Boston Faculty 67-55 on February 1st, 2022 in Charlottesville.

Opponent Scouting Report: Boston Faculty

2022-2023: 10-11, 4-6 (eleventh in ACC)
Notable outcomes: at Duke 75-59 L, Villanova 77-56 L, Virginia Tech 70-65 W, at Syracuse 79-65 L, Notre Dame 70-63 W, Duke 65-64 L, at Miami 88-72 L, Wake Forest 86-63 L, at North Carolina 72-64 L, at Notre Dame 84-72 W, Louisville 75-65 W

In 12 months 2 beneath Earl Grant, Boston Faculty obtained off to a stable 5-2 begin earlier than enduring a four-game shedding skid firstly of December. A 70-65 win over Virginia Tech on December twenty first quickly obtained issues again on monitor, however the Eagles then misplaced 5 of their subsequent six ACC contests, together with a brutal one-point residence loss to Duke on January seventh. At 10-11 total and 4-6 in ACC play, Boston Faculty presently sits at eleventh within the ACC standings with extra powerful video games forward because the Eagles are set to play Virginia twice this season and nonetheless have video games towards Clemson, NC State, Pittsburgh, and Wake Forest remaining on the schedule. 

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Nonetheless, the Eagles have been taking part in higher basketball not too long ago and far of that has to do with the resurgence of Quinten Put up, a 7’0″, 250-pound senior from the Netherlands. Put up missed the primary 13 video games of the season with a foot harm he suffered simply earlier than the beginning of the season. He has given Boston Faculty an enormous raise since his return, scoring in double figures in seven of his eight video games and incomes a spot within the beginning lineup. Put up is Boston Faculty’s main scorer at 15.3 factors per sport and likewise leads the group in rebounding at 6.4 boards per sport. He can stretch the ground at 44.4% from three on 18 makes an attempt up to now this season. The final two video games have been phenomenal for Put up, averaging 25.5 factors in Boston Faculty’s two victories over Notre Dame and Louisville, together with a 29-point, 14-rebound double-double within the Eagles’ street win over the Preventing Irish final Saturday. As Virginia has opted for extra small-ball lineups which has resulted in much less taking part in time for Kadin Shedrick, the problem of defending Quinten Put up may current a chance for Shedrick to earn his method again onto the courtroom if Put up proves to be an excessive amount of for UVA’s small-ball lineups to deal with. 

Boston Faculty returns the brother tandem of Makai Ashton-Langford and DeMarr Langford Jr. within the again courtroom. Ashton-Langford, a 6’3″ graduate guard, flirted with the NBA on the finish of final 12 months, however determined to return again for a fifth season of faculty basketball. He has performed in 130 profession video games and is having his finest season but, averaging 12.9 factors, 3.1 rebounds, and a pair of.3 assists per sport. His youthful brother DeMarr Langford Jr. gives good dimension as a 6’5″ junior guard. Lanford Jr. averages 9.1 factors and 4.1 rebounds per sport. Neither Makai nor DeMarr are good three-point shooters, however are gifted playmaking guards able to creating and making their very own photographs. 

Rounding out the again courtroom is 6’2″ sophomore guard Jaeden Zackery. His numbers are largely the identical throughout the board as his freshman season, averaging 10.6 factors, 3.2 rebounds, and a pair of.4 assists per sport, however his area aim percentages have fallen off as his quantity has elevated. Zackery is now capturing simply 39.5% from the ground after capturing 46.3% from the sector as a freshman and is simply 30.2% from three this season after registering a blistering 47.7% three-point proportion as a freshman. Zackery is a stable defender with a nostril for the ball, totaling 34 steals up to now this season, however turnovers have been an issue for each Zackery (44 turnovers) and Makai Ashton-Langford (40 turnovers). Boston Faculty has the second-worst help/turnover ratio within the ACC at 0.96 (11.4 assists per sport to 11.9 turnovers per sport). 

6’7″ freshman wing Prince Aligbe completes the beginning 5, averaging 6.8 factors and three.9 rebounds per sport and provides the Eagles a flexible participant to make use of at a number of positions on the ground. 6’9″ senior ahead T.J. Bickerstaff began the primary 17 video games of the season, however has began to return off the bench for the reason that return of Quinten Put up. Bickerstaff is averaging 5.7 factors and 5.8 rebounds per sport. 

Boston Faculty’s roster has some high quality depth, giving the Eagles some extra choices particularly within the entrance courtroom. 6’7″ graduate ahead CJ Penha Jr. averages 7.8 factors per sport off the bench and is capturing 53.0% from the sector. Penha can even stretch the ground a bit bit at 34.8% from three-point vary. Boston Faculty additionally brings 6’7″ redshirt freshman ahead Devin McGlockton (6.2 ppg) and 6’4″ junior guard Mason Madsen (5.3 ppg) off the bench. 

Boston Faculty is seventh within the ACC in scoring protection at 69.5 factors per sport allowed, however has simply the 14th-ranked offense within the ACC at 66.3 factors per sport. The Eagles are the ACC’s worst three-point capturing group at 29.7% from three they usually even have the worst three-point capturing protection, permitting their opponents to shoot 38.2% from three this season. Towards a Virginia group that ranks first within the ACC in group three-point capturing at 38.8%, creating and making open photographs on the perimeter would be the key to victory for the Cavaliers on Saturday. 

Sport Notes

Virginia is 18-8 all-time towards Boston Faculty and has gained every of the final three video games towards the Eagles.UVA is 10-2 towards Boston Faculty in Charlottesville and comes into this sport with a seven-game profitable streak towards the Eagles at John Paul Jones Area.Tony Bennett is 12-5 towards Boston Faculty as a head coach.Armaan Franklin is 10 factors away from surpassing 1,000 profession factors.Kihei Clark is eight begins away from turning into UVA’s all-time chief in video games began and is 40 assists away from passing John Crotty for first on Virginia’s all-time assists record.Virginia is presently second within the ACC standings at 7-2 in convention play, trailing solely Clemson at 9-1.Virginia is 9-1 in residence video games this season and holds a 225-54 (.807) residence report over 17 seasons at John Paul Jones Area.

Prediction

No opponent within the ACC must be taken frivolously. Boston Faculty has the expertise to make this matchup fascinating and the Cavaliers ought to count on the Eagles to make them earn this victory. With that stated, a stable efficiency from Virginia on Saturday ought to lead to a snug win for the Cavaliers, particularly at residence, the place they’ve gained every of the final seven conferences towards the Eagles. Boston Faculty’s three-point protection has been a weak point all season lengthy and the ACC’s finest three-point capturing group ought to be capable to exploit that to the tune of a radical and convincing victory on Saturday. 

Rating prediction: Boston Faculty 63, Virginia 76


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