November 24, 2015 at 7:43 pm #24008
LU (0-4) Ranked 186 (PL ranked 20th)
UVA (4-1) Ranked 3rd (ACC ranked 1st)
UVA wins 77-58
To date, UVA has posted Ws over: Moran State, Bradley, Long Beach State, and George Mason. Their sole loss, a five point failing, came on the road against A-10 power, George Washington. UVA wins have been by an average score of 84-56. All came against teams ranked 184th or worse. If the trend holds true, LU – ranked 186th – should be their next victim. In light of the way we’ve come of the box, Pomeroy’s 19 point spread sounds
about right. By the way, the newest AP and Coaches Top 25 Poll, released yesterday, shows UVA at #12
With all the attention seemingly placed on our rebounding woes, it’s only fair to point out that we’re struggling to put the ball in the net, as well. Admittedly, the universe of games is small (four), but we’re not headed in the right direction nor are we going to wins many contests shooting .390 from the floor (.410 from inside and .354 from behind the line.) How bad is
it? Our big guy ranks 5th in the starting five at .405. DC leads the way @.429. Mentioned before but will say again, KR should forget the 3-ball (1 for 9) and look to his teammates to further enhance his already stellar A/TO ratio of 3.3. He came up dry (o-fer on one or more attempts) 11 times last year and the trend continues this year.
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ESPN tonight: Army @ Tennessee (7pm) followed by Boston U. @ Kentucky (9pm)
ESPN3 tomorrow night: LU @ UVA (7pm)November 24, 2015 at 8:21 pm #24009
If nothing else,I would like to see us play a first half.November 25, 2015 at 1:55 am #24015
IF officiating allows teams to play and do not call touch fouls……a long evening . Fouls and free throws will dictate how close this game is. A game called close, Uva by 14, a game that allows the players to play aggressive, UVa by 30+November 25, 2015 at 2:56 pm #24022
After the 0-4 start and playing a top 10 team on the road, I hope this team feels less pressure and comes out with a “nothing to lose” attitude. I believe this game was set up as JG’s homecoming, and it would be great to see him play well. There have been times during his career when he has played at a borderline ALL-PL level, and he needs to perform that way consistently to give this team a chance at a winning record. Here’s to hoping things start to turn around tonight.November 25, 2015 at 3:43 pm #24023
This is a really tough spot for Lehigh tonight. Very few teams in the country defend like Virginia does. They do a great job of controlling tempo, playing at their deliberate pace, and locking it down on the defensive end. Their defensive numbers are not quite what they were last year with the longer shot clock, but they will be patient.
Virginia has good size. Tobey is long, and Gill is long and very athletic in the paint. They have a very solid PG, and a great player in Brogdon. They are experienced and well coached under Tony Bennett. They have a collection of athletic wings. I think Lehigh struggles to get to 60 tonight. Something like 80-55, I would say. I would be surprised if we keep the deficit to 20 points. This is the best team Lehigh has seen in quite awhile. I really wanted to make the trek as much of my family are UVa alums, but after the Lehigh start, too far to go on the day before T’giving. At least the crowd should be light with probably no students.
My only hope is maybe this Virginia team is down a bit from last year. The GW loss was surprising, although they have rebounded nicely. Perhaps they are looking forward to the holiday and the ACC-Big 10 challenge game vs Ohio State.November 25, 2015 at 4:39 pm #24024
This one would be a massive long-shot on our very best day, if everything was going great, we were playing our best, and had plenty of depth. Was reading on the UVA board about their excitement over running a full 10-deep. They believe that they can, effectively, run hockey-style line changes with their depth. I don’t see how a tightly-called game would help, either. If our bigs pick up fouls, it gets worse fast.
I’m gonna try really hard to just watch a basketball game tonight. No personal investment.
Fat chance, probably.November 25, 2015 at 7:42 pm #24026
Newest Lehigh instagram shows Holba in a pretty bulky walking boot. Wasn’t he in sneakers a few weeks back? Has he had a setback?November 25, 2015 at 8:16 pm #24027
Yes, we did get wind of a setback. Maybe 2 weeks ago. No further details on timetable though.November 25, 2015 at 8:18 pm #24028
Yup,TMH mentioned the setback a few weeks ago.
November 26, 2015 at 1:41 am #24030
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I know we are getting blown out here. butcan I go on record and say don’t wanna see carter or glover on court again this season. Ha. Holba didn’t have that boot the past four games. I’m not counting on him at all this year. One thing I do know is Kyle must start.November 26, 2015 at 1:51 am #24031
Game not a surprise. UVA is that good. Goldy healing,KL growing up and we played a first half. This is a bunch of guys becoming a team. Yeah,we’re still not going to have a bench until,or if, Holba can play. Not likely to be the year we hoped for but think we’ll still be in the hunt.November 26, 2015 at 2:31 am #24032
I almost hit it on the number. I said 80-55, and they lost 80-54. Pomeroy’s got nothing on me. Ha ha.
I didn’t catch a second of it as I was watching Princeton absolutely hammer Lafayette (more on that later). Looking forward to detailed recaps from all who watched.November 26, 2015 at 4:05 pm #24039
Up by one with less than 5 minutes to go in the first half, we went cold – a trend that continued into the early stages of the second half. It was all she wrote…game…set…match. There was no stopping the run-a-way train powered by Brogdon (23 points) and company that included 9 players seeing double digit minutes. Until then, however, it was fun to watch. You could only think ‘what if’ we had played like this for more than 15 minutes and did it against the likes of Canisius. Yale, or Columbia? Would we still be looking for our first win? Doubt it.
Some lasting impressions:
KL – as mentioned by others, he’s got to be inserting into the starting. DC, like other seniors in the past and, as he did during is injured days, can – until needed – motivate his teammates from the sidelines. And then, he might not be the first guard off the bench. Kyle’s 5 game stat line: 111 minutes, .400 FG%, .428 3FG%, 6.6ppg, and 3.2 rpg.
TJ – limping off to the sidelines late in the game. How bad is the injury? Was it a simple turn of the ankle or worse? What if he can’t return? Imagine worried about a sophomore/back-up pg with a two-year stat line of: 10 games played, 19 points, and 57 minutes.
JRG – Along the same lines of TJ…..Can we count on him to contribute to the degree needed when we look his two-year sate line of: 12 games played, 30 points, and 64 minutes
Jay Jay – Hang in there, Walk-on! If injuries and poor play continues, you may soon be seeing more than the two minutes you got last night.
Georgios Pilitsis – where are you?
MH and CS – When will we see you?
UVA high scorer Bragdon and Coach Bennett’s post-game comments:
“I just try to come out and be aggressive,” says Brogdon. “I’m one of the better scorers on the team. If I’m not aggressive, I feel like I’m doing the team a disservice. Whether that’s scoring, or making aggressive plays to get people open, it’s my duty to be aggressive.”
Head coach Tony Bennett says, “We’re not a ‘knockout punch’ team. Our way has to just continuing to have possessions, and accumulations, and wear them down. We weren’t wearing them down too much offensively, so I think that let them in, but it’s just kind of a battle, and just eventually, we’re going to hopefully wear them down.”November 26, 2015 at 4:40 pm #24040
I’ve been told that TJ is ok, thankfully. Sore, but nothing serious. A scare, however.November 26, 2015 at 5:06 pm #24042
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