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Weekend Watch - Pitt

Posted on March 22, 2019, in Baseball by Karl Hess.

The Hoos nearly came all the way back to win Sunday's series finale in Atlanta. But, alas, they came up just short. Georgia Tech took the series and UVA lost a second consecutive ACC series to start the 2019 slate after winning Friday's contest. The Hoos bounced back nicely on Wednesday, after rallying from a 3 to 0 deficit to beat a better than credited UCONN team. 

This weekend the Pitt Panthers come to town for three. This profiles as a winnable ACC seri...

Us And Them

Posted on March 22, 2019, in The Team by Seattle Hoo.

Gardner-Webb like UMBC last year upset a higher seeded team in the conference tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament as a 16 seed facing #1 seed UVA.  However, Gardner-Webb is not UMBC 2.0.  They are a different type of team despite using 4-guards. While UMBC was a 3-point gunning team, Gardner-Webb runs a more balanced offense. They spread the floor with 4-out and 5-out sets and run their offense off driving the ball.  Everyone from the point guard to the center can shoot the three or put the ball on the floor and get to the rim. Most of their threes are kickouts from drives, and they get to the line a lot.

Gardner-Webb Runnin Bulldogs

Virginia opens up the 2019 NCAA Tournament in Columbia, South Carolina, against the Big South tournament-winner Gardner-Webb. The Runnin' Bulldogs, like most low- and mid-majors, are coming to the Big Dance not just merely happy to be there, but instead intending to make their own Cinderella moment against a UVA team that has historically struggled against double-digit seeds (more on this in the Keys). Virginia will come into this game not taking the 16-seed lightly, but will the Hoos instead be wound too tight? How dangerous are the Bulldogs, the small private college of under 3,000 students, traveling a scant 2-hour bus ride from just across the North Carolin...

The playbill for the final act has been distributed to the ushers and the audience is about to pour through the lobby into its seats. Seattle Hoo and Valentine are joined at long last by Hooamp, HOOS Place's newest author.  The crew reflects on a couple themes from the ACC Tournament, then looks forward to Virginia's potential path in the NCAA Tournament. Seattle shares some analysis based on a speed watch of two of Gardner-Webb's conference tournament victories.

When faced with a David vs. Goliath matchup that is so in both seeding and actual size of the players, the path of least resistance in analyzing the game is to say something like the underdog will "come out firing", or "spread the floor and shoot", or something along those lines.  Meaning, the 16-seed that is Gardner-Webb, they whose "center" is 6'6", 230, is going to try and bury UVA under a barrage of three-pointers, and UVA will be too big and slow to defend five guards, any of whom might cut loose a shot from downtown at any time.

The HOOS Place ACC Awards

Posted on March 18, 2019, in The ACC by Seattle Hoo.

The HOOS Place staff got together and voted on ACC awards after the tournament ended.  We wanted to produce awards that would reflect the entire ACC season.  Here are our choices:

Coach of the Year

Buzz Williams, Virginia Tech

Buzz was a near unanimous choice, with only Karl Hess voting for Tony Bennett.

A Vow of Advice

Posted on March 18, 2019, in Our Blog by Seattle Hoo.

With the Cavaliers needing to go through Louisville to get to the Final Four, we will need to make Louisville, Kentucky our territory and the KFC Yum! Center our home court.  It will be much easier to do that with the support of the local populace.

Louisville.  As in the Louisville Cardinals.

We should make an alliance with the Louisville ...

A first look at Gardner-Webb

Posted on March 17, 2019, in The Team by Hooamp.

No. 1 Virginia (29-3) vs. No.16 Gardner-Webb (23-11), Friday, about 3:10 p.m., truTV

Virginia ended up with the second overall seed in the tournament behind Duke, which downed Florida State 73-63 in the conference championship. UVa got the No. 1 seed in the South Region, meaning if it wins its first two games, it will play in the Sweet 16 in Louisville.

Weekend Watch - Georgia Tech

Posted on March 15, 2019, in Baseball by Karl Hess.

The first ACC road trip of the season is on tap. Coming on the heels of a losing streak that's reached three games after a frustrating loss on Wednesday at Liberty, the Hoos will be desperate for some positive momentum. Standing in the way will be Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets will be keen to pick up their first ACC series win of 2019 as well.

Team Records

Virginia: 8-8 (overall), 1-2 (ACC)