March 23, 2008
The Virginia men's basketball team prepares for quarterfinal action in the College Basketball Invitational, as the Cavaliers welcome Old Dominion for a 7:00 start tomorrow night at John Paul Jones Arena. This marks a match up of the top two seeds in the tournament's East Region.
Virginia comes in at 16-15, and is coming off a 66-64 win against Richmond in the first round last Tuesday. Sean Singletary scored 18 points in the win, as Virginia is ensured of at least a .500 record on the season.
Old Dominion is 18-15, 11-7 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Monarchs snuck by Rider in their first round game, 68-65. This marks the first time since the 1995-1996 season that these two teams will meet, with Virginia holding an 8-4 advantage in the all time series.
Dave Leitao is quick to point out that when his team is focused, they can get the job done with fundamentals. The Cavaliers went on a 17-3 run during the final 8:30 of Tuesday's game with Richmond to come from behind for the win. Singletary hit the game winner with 1:16 remaining to give Virginia its first lead of the second half.
Leitao also says that the Monarchs are tough on both sides of the ball, and use many offensive formations, along with a variety of defensive sets, to try and confuse their opponents.
After tomorrow's quarterfinals, the remaining four teams in the tournament will be re-seeded for semifinal action. The championship with be a best of three series, with each squad hosting at least one game.