Virginia Basketball: March Madness Team Profile and Season Recap

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Ricky Dimon

NCAAB· 7 months ago

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

March Madness is here. It’s going to be a lot different in 2021 with the entire NCAA Tournament in one location, but having been cancelled in 2020 the players are going to be even more enthused than usual and the bettors will be especially eager. With the regular season wining down, it’s time to start looking ahead at the teams that can expect to be serious National Championship contenders. We’ll be breaking them down one by one, and our series continues with the 15th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers.

Virginia Cavaliers basketball

Performance last five NCAA Tournaments: Second Round, Elite Eight, Second Round, First Round, National Champion

Ranking: 15

Coach: Tony Bennett

Star player: Sam Hauser, Jay Huff, Kihei Clark

Main strengths: Defense and controlling the pace of games

Biggest weakness: Inconsistent offense and coronavirus concerns

Record: 18-6

Virginia Cavaliers forward Jay Huff fights for a ball during loss to Gonzaga

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Virginia’s style of play is such that it plays a ton of close games that are obviously low-scoring. That would serve the Cavaliers against a heavy favorite like Baylor or Gonzaga, as anything could happen in the final minute if they kept it within a few points. But it’s tough to win a whole bunch of games in a row like that. UVA managed to do it during its 2019 run, but that was when Bennett had plenty of future NBA talents on his team. That isn’t the case this time around. Throw coronavirus issues into the equation and it’s hard to see the Wahoos contending for a national title or even for the Final Four run. A tough draw as the No. 4 seed in Gonzaga’s region with Ohio in the opening round does not help.

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