Virginia Capsule

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

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