Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (11-7, 0-4) @ #15/17 Virginia Cavaliers (15-2, 2-1)
When: Sunday, January 22 @ 6:00 p.m.
TV: ESPNU (Jon Sciambi, Hubert Davis, Allison Williams)
Where: John Paul Jones Arena (15,219), Charlottesville, VA
The Opponent: Well we saw about 22 minutes of good, fun, high-energy basketball on Thursday night. Then UNC went on a 26-2 run. Let’s hope we see more of the first 22 minutes the rest of the season as opposed to the final 18 minutes.
This game, however, is going to be drastically different. UVA’s game plan is to slow the game down to a snail’s pace and play defense for 35 seconds. They don’t want to score 70 points a game. They want to score 55 and hold you to under 50. That’s Tony Bennett’s game plan, and so far this year, it’s worked. The Cavs have held opponents to less than 50 points in seven games, and less than 40 points three times, including last time out in a 70-38 win over Georgia Tech.
It’s annoyingly slow to some people, especially when you look at how fast a team like UNC plays. But, it works. Only two teams have scored at least 60 this year, one being Seattle (in Washington), and the other being Duke, who scored just 61. This is the second-best defense in terms of points per game allowed in the NATION. Sounds great for our sputtering offense huh?
Here’s a look at their starting five: