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Columbia comes to JPJ for the Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Tip Off.  It took longer to write that title than for Virginia to suck the air out of this game, as the Cavaliers opened a quick 10-0 lead and never looked back.  Here are my hot takes on Virginia's 60-42 victory over Columbia.

Positives

Reverse stuff alley-oops.  Last year, my favorite Jay Huff highlight was him blocking someone while standing flat-footed, something he did at least 5 times.  Even against other 7-footers.  This year, I think it's going to be reverse stuff alley-oops, something he's already done twice.

 
Negative
Free-throw shooting.  Going 7 for 14 is not going to cut it when playing teams tougher than Columbia and JMU.  Yeah, Diakite did make his final four from the charity stripe, but that barely makes up for him missing his first two.
 
Positive
Clark getting into the lane.  This was one of the season-long keys for the team, according to the Hoos Place staff.  Through three games, Clark has gotten into the paint at will, and he's shown an ability to get his shot off.  It's obvious he's still working on it, but I expect his progress to continue.  With our current 3-point shooting woes, the lane is more crowded, so his signature bounce pass inside the lane is not working as well as last year.
 
Negative
Which segues nicely into this point: Our 3-point shooting still sucks.  We did improve to 5 of 15 (after a pair of 4-of-25 shooting nights), but this is still a major weakness.  Clark did go 2 for 3 and Huff (finally!) took, and made, his one 3-point attempt.  5 for 15 isn't going to cut it either when the meat of the ACC schedule rolls around.
 
Negative
Casey Morsell.  After starting his first two games, Morsell did not today.  I was surprised that he logged 24 minutes because it felt like considerably less.  He's losing game time and paying the price for his woeful offensive game: He missed all of his 3s and all of his free throws.  And maybe his ineptitude is impacting his defense, which heretofore had been stellar.  Twice late in the game, he went airborne, and it's not even like his man faked a shot.  Morsell simply ran past his man.  Leapt past his man would be a better description.
 
Positive
Chase Coleman.  The walk-on is getting minutes ahead of the Green Team and likely to see real minutes for the remainder of the out-of-conference slate.  He plays like he believes he belongs.  Kihei is going to need to be spelled for a couple of minutes each half, and I'm not so sure we need to burden Morsell with running the point in Clark's absence.  Morsell's got more than enough to think about right now.
 
Negative
42 points.  I admit, I'm getting greedy.  With our offense still struggling, I did want our defense to record a third straight game where we held our opponent to under 40 points.  It was not to be today.
 
Positive
Jay Huff.  Let me say that again: Jay Huff.  Huff was simply too much for Columbia and his game had it all: two Clark-fed alley-oops, five blocks, six boards, and yes, his first 3.  This is the sort of Huff we are going to see all year long.
 
 
Positive
Ralph Sampson.  Sure, he's Braxton Key's uncle, but I do get a shiver, still, seeing crowd shots of Ralph.  It's good to have the legend back in the house.

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Columbia (November 16, 2019)