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Department: The Team

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.

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.

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.