With starting center Assane Sene injured, Virginia needs Sammy Zeglinski to consistently hit outside shots to keep defenses from placing so much focus on Mike Scott in the post.
Zeglinski seemed to regain his shooting touch in the team's last game, but building on that performance could be tough Saturday night when the 19th-ranked Cavaliers visit a North Carolina State team that is defending the perimeter well.
Zeglinski leads Virginia with 35 3-pointers and connected on 43.3 percent of his attempts in non-conference play, but he hasn't been as steady from long range since the ACC slate began. The senior hit two big 3-pointers during the decisive run in Thursday's 66-49 win over Boston College, and Scott had a game-high 18 points.
It was the Cavaliers' second game since Sene underwent ankle surgery that is expected to keep him sidelined for six weeks. They lost the first one Sunday, 47-45 at home to a Virginia Tech team which had lost four straight.