Game preview: Virginia Basketball vs. Georgia

Virginia has had a rocky start to the season, as the Cavaliers enter the game with a 2-2 record, including two losses to Navy and Houston that leave a lot to be desired. We’ll learn a lot about the Hoos this week as they face major conference competition in back-to-back games Monday and Tuesday at the Roman Legends Classic at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. On Monday night, Virginia will face Georgia for the first time since Christmas Eve in 1987. Next, UVA will play either Northwestern or Providence on Tuesday.

Virginia will look to win her seventh non-conference tournament in the past eight seasons at the Roman Legends Classic.

Game details

Who: Virginia Cavaliers (2-2) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (2-2)

When: Monday November 22 at 7 p.m.

Or: Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey

How to watch: ESPNU

All-time series: Georgia leads 4-3

Last meeting: Virginia defeated Georgia 87-54 in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 24, 1987

Virginia Cavaliers vs. Georgia Bulldogs

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Opponent’s outlook: Georgia

Georgia started the season with a tighter victory than they should have been 58-51 over Florida International. The Bulldogs then nearly knocked out a good Cincinnati team on the road, losing to the Bearcats 73-68. Georgia beat South Carolina State 76-60 before losing to Georgia Tech 88-78, ending a five-game winning streak against state rival the Yellow Jackets.

Georgia have three players with a double-digit average in four games this season. Aaron Cook, a goalie transferred from Gonzaga after last season, leads the Bulldogs with 15.0 points per game and has made 9/15 three-point attempts so far (60%) this season. Braelen Bridges is just behind Cook at 14.3 points per game and Jailyn Ingram is averaging 10.3 points per game. Cook, Bridges and Ingram all transferred to Georgia from other schools in the last offseason.

To monitor :

How Virginia behaves in a neutral court

Virginia didn’t perform as well in the Cavaliers’ only game outside the friendly John Paul Jones Arena this season, losing to Houston 67-47. The Cougars are a very good basketball team and this was the first time UVA had played in a real road game with a hostile, crowded crowd in over a year and a half. It will be interesting to see how this Virginia team, with their many new faces, performs on neutral ground at the Prudential Center. Also, will Tony Bennett continue to give more playing time on the bench against Georgia knowing the Hoos have to turn around and play another game less than 24 hours later?

Virginia Perimeter Shooting

In four games this season, Virginia has gone over 30% from outside the arc just once. The Cavaliers are averaging 30.6% in three. UVA needs to improve its shooting range in non-conference play, including finding consistent open looks for Armaan Franklin, by the start of the ACC schedule.

Jabri Abdur-Rahim vs. Virginie

Virginia’s game against Georgia is the first of three games this season in which the Cavaliers will face a player who transferred out of the AVU basketball program after last season. Jabri Abdur-Rahim played just eight games in his first and only season at Virginia, totaling 35 minutes and scoring seven points in total. Abdur-Rahim, who was the nation’s 38th ranked player in the class of 2020, transferred from Virginia to Georgia after the end of the season. So far this year, he’s averaging 4.5 points per game in nearly 19 minutes played per game, including a departure for Georgia. It’ll be a pretty intriguing additional storyline to see how he fares against his old team.

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