MiamiHerald / The last time the University of Virginia was ranked No. 1 in the nation was December 1982. Jim Larrañaga was an assistant coach on the Cavaliers staff and legend Ralph Sampson was on the roster. Tuesday night, Larrañaga, battling a bad case of the flu, will be on the opposing bench as his Miami Hurricanes play the top-ranked Cavs at the Watsco Center (9 p.m., ESPN).
Here’s everything you need to know going into Tuesday night’s big game:
The Cavaliers are 23-2 and 12-1 in the ACC. The Hurricanes are 18-6, and 7-5 in the conference.
Despite their overtime one-point loss to cross-state rival Virginia Tech last Saturday, the Cavs moved up one spot to No. 1 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. Virginia is the fourth team since 1990 to go from unranked in the preseason to the top of the poll, along with Baylor (2017), Syracuse (2010), and Duke (1990).