UMass faces Virginia in Uncasville
UMass (5-0) vs. Virginia (4-0)
Hall of Fame Tip-Off Naismith , Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut; Saturday, 12 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: UMass is set to meet Virginia in a postseason game in Uncasville. Virginia earned a 61-55 win over Vermont on Tuesday, while UMass won 82-72 against Rider on Wednesday.
SUPER SENIORS: Virginia’s Mamadi Diakite, Jay Huff and Braxton Key have combined to account for 65 percent of all Cavaliers scoring this season.
FUELING THE OFFENSE: Sean East II has either made or assisted on 42 percent of all UMass field goals over the last five games. East has accounted for 26 field goals and 34 assists in those games.
ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Minutemen have recently converted baskets via assists more often than the Cavs. Virginia has an assist on 32 of 73 field goals (43.8 percent) across its past three outings while UMass has assists on 51 of 88 field goals (58 percent) during its past three games.
STINGY DEFENSE: Virginia has held opposing teams to 41.3 points per game this season, the lowest figure among all Division I teams.