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Men's Basketball: Virginia vs. Oral Roberts preview

Virginia vs. Oral Roberts, 2 p.m.

Sene’s return
Virginia center Assane Sene finally returns after a three-game suspension, immediately providing the Cavaliers with a defensive presence on the interior that they’ve lacked through the season’s first three games. Sene, who averaged 2.5 points and 4.6 rebounds last season, will help the team more on the defense than offense. “A live body that’s active, be physical and get on the glass on both sides of the floor,” Coach Tony Bennett said of Sene. “We’ve been shorthanded, and that’s good that he’s coming back.”

Scoring without Sylven
Virginia scored 79 points in Thursday’s win over Rider despite Sylven Landesberg scoring only 10 points. That is a positive sign for the Cavaliers, who depended on Landesberg to carry the offense last season. Bennett said the team is most effective when a few different players can score double figures, but no one besides Landesberg has been a consistent offensive threat. “You need those times when your key player has to be able to make a play,” Bennett said. “But it was nice to see some other guys get some opportunities and cash in on them.”

Sons of coaches
Both Bennett and Oral Roberts Coach Scott Sutton are the sons of coaches. Bennett’s father, Dick Bennett, coached four schools, including Wisconsin and Washington State. Sutton’s father, Eddie Sutton, coached six schools, including Oklahoma State and Kentucky. Together, they combined for more than 1,300 collegiate wins. Scott Sutton is in his 11th season at Oral Roberts and has led the Golden Eagles to three NCAA tournaments during the past four seasons.

By Zach Berman  |  November 21, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
 
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