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We're near a month into the new season, and with holiday tournaments and the ACC-B1G Challenge behind us, not to mention a pair of league games for most of the programs, it's a pretty good time to take stock of how all 15 teams rack and stack. A few teams are obviously struggling, a few are obviously good, but a lot are stuck in a squishy, indeterminate middle.

 

Tier 3: Off to a Rough Start

#15 - Wake Forest

With a first-ever ACC Championship Game appearance and a pair of big-time basketball games, your HOOS Place Studio gang had a lot to discuss! Val was out with an injury but StLouHoo stepped in to help keep Seattle in line, and 2017-18 ACC Defensive Player of the Year Isaiah Wilkins joined us from Poland. The mood was upbeat following the Orange Bowl bid and the bounceback win over Baby Blue.

 

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Hooamp's Game Recap:

Cavaliers 56 North Carolina 47

A work of art, it was not. But No. 5 Virginia put in another virtuoso defensive performance, did enough on offense, and bounced back from the Purdue blowout by handling No. 7 North Carolina on Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena, 56-47.

The Tar Heels are struggling themselves, but how nice is it when the Cavaliers can get over a bad loss by leading a top-10 team almost wire to wire, and fans can be like well, it's a start, but we still weren't very good on offense? ...

Former Virginia target Armando Bacot was on the court despite twisting his ankle so badly it seemed that he’d be out the month of December. Would his presence be a game changer?

 

The game preview for the Tar Heels almost writes itself by now as Roy Williams always has the same plan.  StLouHoo set the following as his three keys:

1) Defend the glass.

 

Welcome to the first Hoos Place Roundtable of the season. I’m joined by Hoos Place stalwarts Seattle Hoo, StLou Hoo, HooAmp, MaizeandBlue Wahoo, and the unimaginatively-named Robert Elder, in the virtual ManCave. Some arrived here after the Purdue shellacking, so I have made some slight edits. 

 

There is a very strong impulse to forget this one. It will go down in the annals of most humiliating losses in Virginia Basketball history.  No way around it.  From the head coach to the guy on the end of the bench, the Purdue Boilermakers spanked the Cavaliers with a steel girder.  Before the game, StLouHoo identified three keys the Hoos would have to hit in order to come away with the win:

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Hooamp's Game Recap:

Purdue 69 Cavaliers 40

Well, I'll take that trade.

Purdue got sweet revenge for last season's Elite Eight loss Wednesday night at home by topping No. 5 Virginia, 69-40. If that was the price to pay for the national championship, so be it.

UVa revenue sports have been on a terrific run over the past month, so it had to come to a halt at some point. The basketball team by i...

Purdue coach Matt Painter and legions of Boilermakers have had this date circled in red on the calendar since the ACC v B1G challenges games were announced back in June. In a season where the Cavaliers will always have the big X on their back, this game was always going to be the biggest X.  Would UVa be up to the task of walking into Mackey Arena and shutting up a raucous crowd?

No. No. Definitely not.

StLouHoo joins Val and Seattle, and the whole HOOS Place crew gets into the nitty gritty of the football win over Virginia Tech and berth in the ACC Championship Game, and the basketball team on the eve of the ACC-B1G Challenge. StLou previews Purdue and UNC, while Seattle and Val take stock of the Hoos hoopers based on the data from the first 7 games.