Nickname: Cavaliers Coach: Dave Leitao Location: Charlottesville, Virginia Record at Virginia: 35-25 Conference: Atlantic Coast Career record: 115-94 Overall Record: 20-10 Conference Record and Finish: 11-5, 2nd Seed, Region and Bid: 4, South, At-Large Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 16 NCAA Tournament Record: 21-15 (.583) Final Four Appearances: 2 (1981, 1984) NCAA Tournament Championships: 0 Best NCAA Tournament Finish: FINAL FOUR Final ESPN/USA Today ranking: NR Final Associated Press ranking: NR Final Ratings Percentage Index: 55 Record vs. teams in the field: 7-5 Starters: C -- Tunji Soroye (6-11, 245, Jr. -- 1.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg) F -- Jason Cain (6-10, 225, Sr. -- 6.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg) G -- J.R. Reynolds (6-2, 188, Sr. -- 17.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg) G -- Mamadi Diane (6-5, 197, So. -- 9.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg) G -- Sean Singletary (6-0, 185, Jr. -- 18.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg) Key Reserves: F -- Adrian Joseph (6-7, 205, Jr. -- 7.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg) G -- Will Harris (6-6, 230, Fr. -- 3.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg) (statistics before NCAA Tournament) OUTLOOK: Virginia was steamrolling to the ACC regular-season championship title and high seed in the NCAAs before stubbing its toe - three times. The Cavaliers, with two chances to wrap up sole possession of the league crown, lost away games at conference cellar dwellers Miami and Wake Forest. They then stumbled badly in the ACC Tournament, blowing a 14-point halftime lead and falling to North Carolina State in the quarterfinals. Glass half-full theory: Hey, the Cavaliers still earned a share of the league title and no one expected them to go this far. Plus, any team with a high-scoring, experienced backcourt is a tough out in the NCAAs. Glass half-full theory: The last three losses came at the hands of the league's three bottom-feeders, reinforcing the notion that this team can't win away from home. Singletary and Reynolds average nearly 37 points combined and don't miss from the free-throw line (88 and 83 percent, respectively). But Virginia lacks a reliable scoring option and Reynolds is in one of the worst slumps of his career, shooting 21 percent (9-of-44) over the last three games, which Leitao said is the result of a nagging hip injury. If you believe in momentum, it's hard to believe in the Cavs. FIRST GAME: Friday vs. (13) Albany at Columbus, Ohio
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Updated Tuesday, Mar 13, 2007