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We're near a month into the new season, and with holiday tournaments and the ACC-B1G Challenge behind us, not to mention a pair of league games for most of the programs, it's a pretty good time to take stock of how all 15 teams rack and stack. A few teams are obviously struggling, a few are obviously good, but a lot are stuck in a squishy, indeterminate middle.

 

Tier 3: Off to a Rough Start

#15 - Wake Forest

No. 3 Clemson 62, No. 23 Virginia 17

The Cavaliers marched right down the field on the opening drive Saturday night in the ACC championship game against the Tigers, but on third-and-9 at the 12, Bryce Perkins threw an interception in the back of the end zone.

On the last play of the first quarter, Clemson was up 14-7 and facing a second-and-18 after...

With a first-ever ACC Championship Game appearance and a pair of big-time basketball games, your HOOS Place Studio gang had a lot to discuss! Val was out with an injury but StLouHoo stepped in to help keep Seattle in line, and 2017-18 ACC Defensive Player of the Year Isaiah Wilkins joined us from Poland. The mood was upbeat following the Orange Bowl bid and the bounceback win over Baby Blue.

 

Basketball(M)

Hooamp's Game Recap:

Cavaliers 56 North Carolina 47

A work of art, it was not. But No. 5 Virginia put in another virtuoso defensive performance, did enough on offense, and bounced back from the Purdue blowout by handling No. 7 North Carolina on Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena, 56-47.

The Tar Heels are struggling themselves, but how nice is it when the Cavaliers can get over a bad loss by leading a top-10 team almost wire to wire, and fans can be like well, it's a start, but we still weren't very good on offense? ...

Former Virginia target Armando Bacot was on the court despite twisting his ankle so badly it seemed that he’d be out the month of December. Would his presence be a game changer?

 

The game preview for the Tar Heels almost writes itself by now as Roy Williams always has the same plan.  StLouHoo set the following as his three keys:

1) Defend the glass.

Football

Final Bowl Projections

Posted on December 6, 2019 in The Team by Karl Hess.

Bowl selections are made on Sunday. Here at HoosPlace, that means that it's time to go on the record with final projections.

Kendall is back this week to pinch hit for Maize.

Note that these selections were made prior to the PAC 12 Championship Game. But Karl was selfishly on vacation this week and could not publish until late Friday night.

A huge opportunity awaits the Virginia football program Saturday night in Charlotte, and the players, coaches, and yes, even fans, should treat it as such.

Obviously, pundits, analysts and the like, including yours truly, give virtually no shot to UVa in this game. I asked my friend what result would make him happy, and he said a loss by 21 points or less. I'm on record saying I'd be ecstatic with that result. I am just hoping Virginia can at least beat the spre...

 

Welcome to the first Hoos Place Roundtable of the season. I’m joined by Hoos Place stalwarts Seattle Hoo, StLou Hoo, HooAmp, MaizeandBlue Wahoo, and the unimaginatively-named Robert Elder, in the virtual ManCave. Some arrived here after the Purdue shellacking, so I have made some slight edits. 

 

There is a very strong impulse to forget this one. It will go down in the annals of most humiliating losses in Virginia Basketball history.  No way around it.  From the head coach to the guy on the end of the bench, the Purdue Boilermakers spanked the Cavaliers with a steel girder.  Before the game, StLouHoo identified three keys the Hoos would have to hit in order to come away with the win: