Virginia offense working to take the next step - SCACCHoops.com
>> Next Article What should Duke expect when Ryan Kelly returns?
<< Previous Article ACC Morning Linkfest 2/26 with Game Sim Predictions

Virginia offense working to take the next step

   Posted by From Old Virginia at  2/26/2013 7:40:40 AM  |  Follow us on Twitter: @scacchoops
Discuss     Bookmark and Share

Who says February sucks?  Well, I do.  I hate February.  One of its few redeeming qualities is that it's the shortest month, so we get out of the misery quicker and into what is supposed to be spring.  But another redeeming quality is that it's the beginning of the spring sports season and so we get to witness a lot of wins.  Especially if the hoops team is playing well.

Which it so happens they are.  At some point as the Hoos were busy pulling away from Georgia Tech I thought to myself, "man, this would be a blowout if we'd ever hit a damn three pointer."  Not long afterwards, Taylor Barnette dropped in two three-pointers easy as you please and it was a blowout.

I've been beating the drum that UVA's suddenly dynamic offense is not dependent on the three-pointer, and there couldn't have been a better example than this Georgia Tech game.  UVA's game plan took GT's shot-blocking maestro Daniel Miller totally out of the shot-blocking business - in fact, Tech only had one blocked shot all day.  Akil Mitchell was astoundingly wide open underneath the rim; sometimes so much so that Jontel Evans realized it before Mitchell did.  And GT lived in deathly fear of leaving three-point shooters open, allowing Evans a lot of clear and easy lanes to the rim, which he took well full advantage of.

Toss in a few bad-idea defensive switches that left Joe Harris guarded in the post by GT's rail-thin backcourt (their guards are all awfully skinny and Harris's time in the weight room has borne fruit) and UVA just had its way inside the three-point line.  That the Hoos could effect such a blowout while shooting a measly .316 from three (and getting the first 0-fer from Harris in that regard since the Mississippi Valley State game) is one of the biggest reasons to be excited about this team's chances in their remaining games.  And really, they were already up 14 when Barnette popped those two three-buckets, and two more came even after that point.  (Mike Tobey's was the best.  It's not the first he's shot this year, so we knew he could do it, but basketball is the kind of messed-up game where your center comes back from mono and is maddeningly short on all his shots so of course his longest one is nothing but net.)  We've always said "man when Tony Bennett's teams learn to play offense, watch the hell out" and it's starting to come true.

If you want to start giggling like a schoolgirl during a UVA basketball game this year, wait til they have a 20-point-and-widening lead on an ACC team and then say to yourself "and next year we get Malcolm Brogdon and Anthony Gill."

 

This article was originally published at http://fromoldvirginia.blogspot.com. If you are interested in sharing your website's content with SCACCHoops.com, Contact Us.

 

Post a Comment About this Article
Entry Link     0 Comment(s)
Subscribe  
>> Next Article What should Duke expect when Ryan Kelly returns?
<< Previous Article ACC Morning Linkfest 2/26 with Game Sim Predictions

Comments on Virginia offense working to take the next step

There are currently no posts for this NewsBreaker


Post a Comment

Posting As:   Remember Me?
Subject:
Message:

Before submitting this form, please type the color of the first character:


Search
Search
Advertisement
 
Poll
Where does your sports attention turn now?
NBA
MLB
NFL
College Football
Golf
Something Else (Soccer, NASCAR, etc)


Newsbreakers
The Next ACC Commissioner, Part 1
5/28/2015 6:20:53 AM
Wake Forest and Xavier Agree to Hoops Home-and-Home Series
5/27/2015 6:18:35 AM
UNC: The NOA and the Chicken or the Egg
5/26/2015 11:32:22 AM
Richmond's Alonzo Nelson-Ododa transfers to Pitt
5/26/2015 7:25:48 AM
Articles from around the ACC Blogosphere 5/25/15
5/26/2015 6:21:26 AM
Thoughts on Derryck Thornton's reclassification and other Duke notes
5/26/2015 6:18:59 AM
IC: UNC Has Received Notice of Allegations
5/22/2015 12:30:57 PM
Virginia adds Jay Huff to 2016 Class
5/22/2015 8:30:32 AM
How many ACC Baseball teams will make the NCAA tournament?
5/22/2015 7:30:26 AM
Dear NBA: You're going to draft Pat Connaughton, right?
5/22/2015 7:13:37 AM
Kevin Ware does the Late Show With David Lettermen Top 10
5/21/2015 6:06:33 AM
How the media reacted to Everett Golson choosing FSU
5/21/2015 6:05:46 AM
Why You Mad, College AD's?
5/21/2015 6:05:24 AM
How badly is the Pac 12 Network struggling?
5/20/2015 6:07:50 AM
Everett Golson Transfers to Florida State, Gets Another Crack at Syracuse
5/19/2015 4:36:04 PM
Message Board
RSS Feed  
SCACC Hoops has no affiliation to the NCAA or the ACC
Team logos are trademarks of their respective organizations (more/credits)