John Paul Jones Arena will be rocking when the Hokies pay a visit on Saturday.
Virginia announced Wednesday afternoon that Saturday's game against Virginia Tech has sold out. It's the third sellout of the season for the Cavaliers, who can improve to 15-5 on the season -- and 6-1 in the ACC, the program's best start in conference play since Ralph Sampson's senior year in 1983 -- with a win.
Dating back to last season, UVa has won its last 12 consecutive home games against ACC opponents. The Cavaliers extended that streak in front of a near-sellout crowd on Monday night by beating North Carolina 76-61.
"It's really important for energy, and for life. And I'm just thankful the crowd's coming out. It was a great atmosphere against North Carolina," UVa coach Tony Bennett said Wednesday. "You hope that that life can get you going for great defense, and just playing the right way. And they've done that for us in the past."
"You hear a lot about how Cameron has history. You hear a lot about how North Carolina's Dean Dome has history. Because they protect their house," sophomore guard Justin Anderson said following Monday night's win. "They play hard; their fans are there for them, behind them. And we're not invincible at home. We understand that. But it helps a lot when our fans are there, and they're screaming as loud as they can."
UVa's 59-56 loss at home to VCU on November 12 was also in front of a sell-out crowd, and tickets are already sold out for the Syracuse game on March 1.