|Duke||M Plumlee 17.5||M Plumlee 10.6||Q Cook 5.6|
|Virginia||J Harris 16.6||A Mitchell 8.7||J Evans 5.3|
Virginia welcomes No. 3 Duke to John Paul Jones Arena on Thursday. The game gets underway at 9 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Cavaliers are 0-6 against the Blue Devils over the last four years. They lost 61-58 the last time they played (Jan. 12, 2012).
Virginia is in third place in the ACC and just behind second place Duke with a chance to close in.
The 18 points and 8 rebounds by Akil Mitchell helped the Cavaliers to an 82-54 cakewalk over Georgia Tech on Feb. 24. He tallies 12.6 points per game in addition to a team-best 8.7 rebounds per game. For the Blue Devils, Mason Plumlee put up 19 points and 15 rebounds in the 89-68 blowout of Boston College on Feb. 24. He leads the team in points with 17.5 per game and rebounds with 10.6 per game. Duke can be found near the top of the conference standings in the following categories: turnover percentage at 16.0 percent and effective field goal percentage at 54.3 percent.
- Virginia allows fewer rebounds (30.0 allowed per game vs. 35.0 allowed per game) than Duke this season.
- Joe Harris is ranked 3rd in the ACC in points and 4th in the ACC in three-pointers.
- Virginia is better under pressure, and has defeated Duke in three out of the last five games decided by five points or fewer.
- Akil Mitchell is ranked 3rd in the ACC in rebounds and 10th in the ACC in steals.
- Virginia has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Duke ($43,593 vs. $53,157).
- Charlottesville isn't as congested as Durham (population is significantly lower).
- Virginia has an average margin of victory of 10 over Duke in 18 wins since 1980.
- Virginia has a better scoring defense (54.0 allowed per game vs. 64.9 allowed per game) than Duke this season.
- Virginia has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Duke ($20,647 vs. $53,157).