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Exam Break Musings

Posted on December 11, 2018, in The Team by StLouHoo.

The Hoos finished a win over VCU in a snowstorm and enter the exam break, to be immediately followed by a long-ish holiday rest as well. What does that mean? 2 games in our next 20 days before welcoming Marshall on New Years eve. Perfect time to do a little reflecting on the 9 wins in the bank. This is going to be a little scattershot, so consider yourself warned.

1) We're going to miss Kihei these next few weeks. He bulldogs opposing point guards, and has contr...

The Hoos won their ninth game in as many tries, 57 - 49, over in-state rival VCU. The game could charitably be described as a rock fight. And really, that should have come as no surprise. As StLouHoo offered in his preview, the Rams were an excellent defensive squad (14th nationally in adjusted defense per KenPom and 6th in raw defensive efficiency heading into the game). And the UVA program is built on the back of its defensive reputation.

But was the game a m...

Venting Seattle

Posted on December 8, 2018, in Our Blog by Seattle Hoo.

WARNING!  F-Bomb Alert!

Things that are pissing me off when I see them on video:

1) Mamadi Diakite shooting mid-range jumpers.  I would yank his ass from the game the second he took one. I want to see him either post up, back his man down, get the ball, and make a move. Quick jump hook or drop step.  I showed you the video before the ...

12/13ths of a Scholarship

Posted on December 6, 2018, in Football by MaizeAndBlueWahoo.

Occasionally I will get up on a soapbox and rant about stuff that is at best only tangentially related to UVA.  This is one of those times.

UVA's opponent in the Charlotte bowl game will be without perhaps their biggest weapon.  Wide receiver Deebo Samuel - South Carolina's best in basically all categories - will skip the bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft.  Great for UVA.  Maybe not so good for Bryce Hall, whose own NFL draft stock could...

The Hoos easily dispatched the Morgan State Bears 83 to 45 (shot out to StLouHoo for his scary accurate 82 to 44 prediction). The middle of the road MEAC squad was of little challenge nor were they expected to be. The game served little purpose but for a glorified scrimmage and a nice check for the Bears. Every team has a few of these clunkers on the schedule each season and there are worse things in the world than helping to prop up the budget of an HBCU athletic department.

ACC Power Rankings: December Edition

Posted on December 2, 2018, in The ACC by StLouHoo.

The calendar has flipped to December and with most teams having about 7-ish games in the bank, we're about a quarter of the way through the season. With the ACC-B1G Challenge behind us and most teams having completed their holiday tournament runs, we feel it's the right time to take a look at our preseason Power Rankings and see what needs updating. A few teams are as good as we thought they'd be, a couple are as bad as predicted, and in between a lot of teams

Ki-hey!

Posted on November 30, 2018, in The Team by MaizeAndBlueWahoo.

I've been awfully enthusiastic about Kihei Clark in the past.  I said he'd be a quick crowd favorite.  This site's own basketball preview saw basically all its authors say something incredibly positive.  Or multiple somethings.  He might have simultaneously been the most and least underrated recruit of the Tony Bennett era.  You can only be the sneaky good dark horse for so long before you become one of the favorites.

On Wednesday, Clark...

Final 2018 Bowl Projections

Posted on November 29, 2018, in Football by Karl Hess.

With the bowl announcements and playoff pairings coming this weekend, we got together to make our picks in ink. I'm not saying you can make your holiday plans around these picks, but worse decisions have been made in the past week. I'm looking at you UNC football.

College Football Playoff

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Orange Bowl: 1 Alabama vs 4 Oklahoma

Pre-Game Jitters

Posted on November 28, 2018, in The Team by Seattle Hoo.

StLouHoo is very confident about a Hoos victory tonight, and with good reasons that he lays out in his game preview. I am not as sanguine.  I see Maryland as presenting more of a threat.  I watched much of the Marshall game and from that viewing, a few things come to mind:

If Anthony Cowan can get into the lane consistently, we're going to have to win the game on the offensive end. Cowan is very quick and got into the lane at will against Marshall. Onc...

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