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London Perrantes On Point for Cavaliers

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Perrantes is 3rd in the ACC in assist-to-turnover ratio Perrantes is 3rd in the ACC in assist-to-turnover ratio

The basketball game between Virginia and Virginia Tech set for Saturday afternoon is sold out.  

The sellout is the third of the season for the Cavaliers.  

UVa is 5-1 in the ACC after the 15-point win against North Carolina, thanks in large part to the new faces on this year's team, including freshman point guard London Perrantes.

Though just a first-year player, Perrantes is in the Top Ten in the ACC in assists, and in third in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio, with an impressive three assists for every one turnover.

Head coach Tony Bennett says, "There's a lot of things coming at you (as a freshman).  I think London's done a good job with that."

"It's nothing new," says Perrantes.  "I knew I could do stuff like this.  I don't think other people did.  I'm just taking what coach gives me."

The freshman's ability to step in and run the point has impressed his veteran teammates.

Senior guard Joe Harris says, "He just has that poise and demeanor where he's able to run the offense with patience and soundness."

Sophomore guard Justin Anderson adds, "He wins basketball games.  He's just a great teammate to have.  That goes along with that Cali swag that he brings.  That's just who he is.  Real poised, and I think that's what we need in this program."

Perrantes was a three-star recruit coming out of high school in California, but wasn't offered by any of the big West Coast schools.  

His decision to play for UVa has the Cavaliers offense scoring at its highest rate since Tony Bennett took over the team five years ago.

Bennett says, "Some guys just grasp things a little bit faster than others.  He has a good feel for it offensively.  You can see that feel is taken also over defensively.  He's getting a lot of opportunities, and he's handled it well."

Perrantes adds, "If he puts me on the bench, and plays me a couple minutes now, I still wouldn't be upset, as long as we're getting wins."  

Perrantes hasn't spent much time on the bench this season.  

He's currently playing 27.5 minutes per game, which is the second-highest average on the team.  

Virginia will host Virginia Tech Saturday at three o'clock.

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