Welcome to HOOSPlace's first edition of Weekly Wahoo Baseball Notes. We hope to be your one stop shop to stay in the loop with UVA Baseball. Our first edition will cover the first weekend series in Orlando (and not the home opening loss to VMI - that will be covered in next week's edition). Expect weekly updates more towards the start of the week in the future. I was waiting for a couple polls to update that never did. They should be on a more regular schedule as the season kicks off fully.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Virginia comes off its bye weekend to find a home date with the ACC's second worst team waiting. These two teams played a tight first half before Virginia pulled away for a safe win in January; will this game also end in as comfortable a victory?
Date/Time: Wednesday, Feb 21st, 7:00 PM EST
Location: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA
The Hoos return to Charlottesville on the heels of successful road trip to Orlando. The trip to Florida saw a 6 to 3 loss in the season opener to Central Florida. But UVA bounced back for a winning weekend after taking games from Samford and Rice.
Next up is the much hyped home opener at renovated Davenport Field. Tuesday's game was moved from a 3 PM start to 5 PM. The opponent will be the in state foe VMI of the Southern Conference. This is the first of t...
Opening Day arrives for UVA Baseball on Friday, February 16 as the Hoos travel to Orlando, Florida for three games this weekend. They'll face off against three different opponents in as many days. Friday night's opponent will be event host Central Florida. Saturday matches up the Hoos against Samford. And rounding out the weekend will be a Sunday game against Rice. This event continues UVA's habit of opening the season on the road, something they've done every year beginning in 2010. It also marks the program's first regular season non-conference games in Florida since 1995.
With no Virginia game this weekend, and the staff not consumed with writing previews and reviewing the previous game (and, you know, our day jobs), we thought we'd open up this week to you, our loyal Twitter followers (@HoosPlace for those not yet on our feed!), with a mailbag. The questions were excellent this week, and we're excited to dive into them. So, without further ado:
We're sliding into the home stretch of the regular season, and while a lot of the drama may be fading from UVA's schedule, that doesn't mean there isn't an abundance of intrigue elsewhere.
Right now KenPom.com predicts 8 teams to finish somewhere between 8-10 and 10-8 in the ACC standings, so that means the next 4-5 games for these programs will dictate a lot with respect to Brooklyn seeding and NCAA Tournament Bubble status. In other words, a lot of teams with...
Unless you're living under a rock, you're aware that the UVA Men's Basketball team ascended to the top of the AP Poll on February 12 for the first time since late December 1982. Based on my research, that poll was either December 20 or December 21, depending on who you ask. For posterity, the top ten of the current AP Poll featuring our Hoos in the top spot looks like this.
The offense will be the key tonight at Miami. How the Hoos handle the defensive strategy of Miami will determine whether Virginia successfully defends its shiny new #1 ranking or limps into the break on a 2-game slide shrouded in doubts. Miami will have a strategy. Virginia will have to diagnose it and adapt, something they did successfully against Florida State, but not against Virginia Tech. One of the keys to success will be paint touches.
A response to Seattle Hoo
To read Seattle's post-game take on the OT loss to Virginia Tech, read here.
I'll keep this short so I can stay on schedule for my Miami preview tomorrow, but this past game is only 30% about the X's and O's of the loss, and moreso about the mental makeup of the team going into the final stretch. The team played with fire...
"To be honest, we got a lot of open shots - a lot of open shots we didn't knock down." - Devon Hall
How often have we heard opposing coaches and players say that after a game against Virginia? Every time? Hearing those words come out of Devon Hall's mouth after the Hoos threw up 38 threes just kind of capsulizes the story of th...