After a big weekend in Las Vegas, when the Cavaliers pulled off two impressive wins over Baylor and Illinois to win the Continental Tire Main Event Championship, Virginia returns to Charlottesville and is ranked 5th in the nation. Before UVA hits the road for a big game in Michigan next week, the Cavaliers will play JPJ against East Coast Maryland.
Read the full coverage of Virginia vs East Coast Maryland, including game details, opponent scouting report, game notes and score prediction.
Who: Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks (2-3) – Virginia Cavaliers (4-0)
When: Friday, November 25 at 6:00 pm ET.
Where: John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia
How to watch: ACC network
How to broadcast: fuboTV (Start your free trial)
How to listen: SiriusXM 99 or 133, SXM 955 application | Virginia Sports Radio Network – click here for affiliates
Series for all times: Virginia leads 2-0
Last meeting: Virginia defeated East Shore Maryland 69-42 in Charlottesville on December 27, 2011. Mike Scott led the UVA with 17 points.
Rival Intelligence Report: Maryland East Shore
2021-2022: 11-16, 5-11 MAC
Wins: vs. Bryn Athina 90-43, vs. Marist 70-59
Losses: Old Dominion 65-84, Charlotte 47-80, George Washington 64-69.
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Eastern Shore Maryland (UMES) is still in search of its first NCAA tournament entry in program history. The Hawks’ last attempt to change start failed. So far they are 2-3, with both wins at home and all three losses away. We didn’t have a good chance of seeing how they handle top opponents as this is the first of two games the Hawks will play against a top contender in the conference this season. UMES will also play Duke on December 10th.
The Hawks lost at Old Dominion by 19 and suffered a 33-point loss to former UVA assistant Ron Sanchez’s Charlotte 49ers in a game in which Virginia transfer Igor Milicic Jr. scored 13 points. However, UMES has fared better in the last two games, losing a tight 69-64 match against George Washington last Friday and then beating Marist 70-59 on Tuesday.
The Hawks are aggressive defensively, averaging 10.4 steals per game and averaging 16.8 points from turnovers. Perimeter defense is certainly a strength for the Hawks, given the number of interceptions and the fact that their rivals are only scoring 26.7% of three this season. Let’s see if this holds up to the hot shooting Hoos, which is currently throwing 46.9% from behind the arc. Maryland’s Eastern Shore shot count is off the charts — 34.5% from three and 40.1% from the floor — but there are some talented shots on the UMES roster that have experienced guards.
UMES scores primarily as an attacking committee with five players who average between 7 and 13 points per game. 6-foot-3 alumnus Zion Styles leads the way with 12.8 points per game and a brilliant 57.1% three-point percentage. He should be another big test for Reece Beekman in his campaign as the best defender in the country.
Another veteran quarterback, 6’5″ senior Philip Da’Shon, is averaging 11.0 points per game and shooting 45.0% of three on 4.0 attempts per game. He’s hitting double figures in three games in a row and is likely to play Armaan Franklin on defense. .
6’5″ forward Nathaniel Pollard is the team’s top player, averaging 7.6 rebounds per game and 9.8 points per game. There are no players taller than 6’8″ in the UMES roster, so look for Kadin Shedrik to dominate the interior and the glass. As UMES is likely to be low in numbers for most of the game, expect to see Virginia use many of Keehei Clark’s lineups. -Rice Beekman-Armaan Franklin-Jaden Gardner-Ben Vander Plas, who helped seal the victory over Illinois on Sunday.
- Virginia plays 2-0 all-time against East Coast Maryland, including a 104-63 win in 2006 and a 69-42 win in 2011.
- This is the second Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) rival Virginia has faced this season – UVA opened the season against NC Central.
- UVA is 20-0 all-time against teams that are currently members of MEAC, including a 14-0 record under Tony Bennett.
- Last weekend, Virginia picked up back-to-back ranking wins (against Baylor and Illinois) for the first time since 2020.
- UVA is currently ranked 5th in the AP Poll and in the top 5 for the first time since the start of the 2020-2021 season, 4th.
- Virginia’s 4-0 start to the season is the program’s best 7-0 start to the 2019-2020 season.
- The Cavaliers rank first in all college basketball in free throw attempts per game (30.5) and free throws made (22.5).
- UVA ranks fifth in the nation in three-point shooting with a 46.9% percentage.
This matchup against East Coast Maryland can be seen as a trap game with notable games against Michigan, Florida State, JMU and Houston ahead of Virginia’s schedule. But I don’t see Tony Bennett letting his Cavaliers underestimate any team, let alone a small Maryland basketball program. Virginia is taking care of business to go 5-0 for the season.
Score prediction: Maryland Eastern Shore 55, Virginia 75
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