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Department: The Team

The Clash of the Titans

Posted on January 16, 2019, in The Team by Seattle Hoo.

With Virginia Tech safely out of the way, we can now turn to anticipation of what will likely be the biggest game of the college basketball regular season: Kenpom #1 Virginia visiting Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on AP #1 Duke.  Although the Blue Devils failed to uphold their end of it and let Syracuse take some of the shine off of the matchup, it will still be a battle of #1 teams for first place in the ACC.  We here hope that Duke freshman point guard Tre Jones is able to play.

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Posted on January 11, 2019, in The Team by MaizeAndBlueWahoo.

Right now there's nothing going on in football but transfer portals and last-minute recruiting to see if there's anyone left to sign in the "regular" signing period.  I should be talking hoops from now til April.  But, I can't quite let go of that bowl game.  One more football column, then.

You remember how it felt when the basketball team started unexpectedly Cavalanching opponent after opponent and we were all kind of looking at each other going...

Reverting to Type

Posted on December 19, 2018, in The Team by Seattle Hoo.

In our game story on the long-ago VCU win, Karl Hess noted that "Faced with a long, aggressive defense, UVA spent much of the game in traditional Blocker-Mover Sets" and that "[b]uilding on their experience against the Hoos last year," VCU aggressively defended the screens and cuts of the Blocker-Mover, resulting in few open shots and a hotly-contested game.  Karl pointed to the game last year against Florida State as an example of how another long, aggressive defense had jumped the BM cuts enough to gain a big halftime lead and UVA had responded by spreading the floor and attacking with the dribble to storm back for the win.  He pointed out that dribble attack had been the key ...