Preview: UVa vs. Notre Dame

Pat Connaughton

Virginia will take a three-game winning streak to South Bend on Tuesday, when the Cavaliers play Notre Dame. HooNation previews the match-up here.

For the first time, Virginia has won three straight games in ACC play, while Notre Dame is looking to end a two game skid. The Cavaliers and the the Fighting Irish are meeting for the first time since the 1992 NIT Championship, a game that saw the Cavs win 81-76 in overtime.

Tuesday night's game is set to tip-off at 9 p.m.

Last Time Out

Cavaliers

Once again Malcolm Brogdon had another night to remember tallying up career high in points (18) and netting four 3-pointers in Virginia's 65-45 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday. Joe Harris, once again proved efficient, and added 12 points to help towards the win.

Virginia has won its last six of its last seven games by double-digits, starting ACC play 7-1, which is their best start since 1982-1983.

Their success this team should be credited to their balance. The Cavs' defense is ranked second, only allowing 56.2 points per game. The men also rule the oboards, grabbing 54.9 percent of rebounds. However, its their offensive efficiency that has been impressive as of late. The Cavaliers are averaging 66.9 points per game which is the highest total under Tony Bennett. Harris leads the way with at 11.6 points per game with Borgdon averaging just over 11 points per game.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame dropped to 2-5 in the ACC after its road loss to Wake Forest, with a 65-58 decision on Saturday. Garrick Sherman had 20 points in the loss.

Going into the game, the Irish have lost five games by a combined total of 29 points. The only time Notre Dame has lost by 10-plus points is against Indiana State.

Scouting Notre Dame

Pat Connaughton: He is averaging 14.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists in ACC play. He has also scored in double figures in all but one league game, Florida State. He is shooting 39.2% from outside of the arc,, but has 17 treys in the season, which is the third-most in the conference.

Eric Atkins: He is a pretty good scorer, averaging 14.2 points per game. His weakness, however, comes from the line where Atkins is currently shooting 68.2 percent. This could be an interesting battle with Justin Anderson, with Anderson using his size against Atkins.

Garrick Sherman: The 6-foot-11 Sherman is averaging 15.2 points per game and 8.3 rebounds, a great asset for the Irish in the front court. His only downfall is his quickness, but he will power through defenders and crash the boards.

Injuries

Austin Nurgett: He is out for an outpatient cardiac procedure after an episode occurred in the second half against Florida State last weekend. He is expected to miss seven to 10 days following the surgery.

Vs. Notre Dame

Virginia is 5-1 all time against Notre Dame with the Cavaliers winning the last five contests. While,Tony Bennett is 1-of-1 against the Fighting Irish, beating Notre Dame as Washington State's head coach in the 2008 NCAA tournament.

Keys to the Game

I think we points out that Garrick Sherman was not quick, and that is exactly what UVa needs to be. UVa has that quickness in the post. Anthony Gill and Akil Mitchell are going to the power duo, not only drawing fouls (which Sherman averages 3.5 a game), but also using their aggressiveness, especiallY Gill, towards the basket.

Notre Dame have also struggled against the 3-point shot through this season, it just bodes well that UVa is a team that can net a few treys in a game. UVa has the weapons to take a win on to Pittsburgh and move to 8-1 in the ACC, but they can't over estimate Notre Dame, who have against Duke and still have the hunger.

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