Davidson entertains No. 25 Virginia

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Updated: November 16, 2013

Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – The 25th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers and
Davidson Wildcats will meet in non-conference action at a neutral site, as the
two teams clash at the Time Warner Cable Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Tony Bennett’s team has split its first two games. The Cavaliers opened the
2013-14 season with a 20-point romp over James Madison (61-41), but lost a
tight defensive battle with nationally-ranked Virginia Commonwealth four days
later.

Bob McKillop’s Wildcats have taken on an ambitious early season schedule and
unfortunately, it has yet to pay off. Davidson is 0-2 on the season after
opening with a 111-77 rout at the hands of fourth-ranked Duke, followed by an
81-77 setback at home to Milwaukee.

Virginia holds a 10-4 series advantage and has won six straight against
Davidson. However, on neutral floors, the series is knotted up at 2-2.

It was a typical defensive effort from Virginia against VCU last time out, but
the Cavaliers were done in by a 3-pointer by the Rams in the final moments of
the game. After a poor performance in the opener, All-ACC guard Joe Harris got
back to his normal self, leading the Cavs with 18 points in the loss to the
Rams. Fellow guard Malcolm Brogdon added 10 points in support, while forward
Akil Mitchell chipped in with nine. The Cavaliers had a big advantage on the
boards (41-28), but shot under 40 percent from the floor overall (.391).

Defense is a given in Charlottesville, as Virginia has always been among the
top defensive teams in the nation under Bennett. Early returns suggest more of
the same, with the Cavs holding their two opponents to just 50.0 ppg, on .368
shooting. It is at the offensive end where Virginia has started slowly.
Harris, who averaged over 16 points per game last year, is netting just 11.5
thus far. Brogdon is just under double digits at 9.5 ppg, followed closely by
Mitchell (8.0 ppg). Darion Atkins (8.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg) has been a solid addition
off the bench.

The Wildcats have scored 77 points in both losses this season, so offense has
not been a problem thus far. Senior guard Tom Droney has been on point with
his shot, hitting almost 58 percent of the time (11-of-19) for 19.0 ppg.
Senior forward De’Mon Brooks is shooting a better .619 from the field for
an identical 19.0 ppg, while leading the way on the glass (8.5 rpg). Sophomore
guard Brian Sullivan (14.5 ppg) gives the team a viable third offensive
threat. The problems for Davidson have come on the defensive end. The numbers
are skewed by the absolute domination by Duke, but the first two opponents are
shooting .570 from the floor.

Droney and Sullivan tied for team-high honors in scoring against the Panthers
last time out, as each poured in 22 points in defeat. Brooks added balance in
the frontcourt with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.