Hooamp's Game Recap:

North Carolina St. 53 Cavaliers 51

It's ironic the 'Hoos won their national championship by closing out some of the most exciting, pressure-filled games in NCAA tournament history.

Because less than a year later, in ordinary January home games against competition that is less than elite, it seems as if they can't close out anything.

On Monday, for the fourth time in five ACC games, V...

The game that pissed me off the most last year was our trip to Raleigh to face the NC State Wolfpack. They took us to overtime in what I thought was our worst performance of the season; nevertheless, we escaped with the win. Today, on a short turnaround for both teams, would the Wolfpack be able to return the favor this year?


In each of all three of Virginia’s consecutive losses, the Cavaliers held a lead late in the second half. That was true again at McCamish Pavilion as the Cavs held a 43 – 29 lead at the 14:47 mark.  Six minutes later the advantage had dwindled to 48 – 46 and it was game on.  Would the Cavaliers be able to settle down and finally take care of business?



Seattle Hoo's Game Recap:

Cavaliers 63 Georgia Tech 58

Historically, the arena they used to call the Thriller Dome has been a House of Hoo Horrors, where Virginia teams have suffered some of their most inexplicable losses. It did not seem to be the best place to go when desperate for a win to stem a three-game slide. Interestingly, the Yellow Jackets have been a bit of a Wreck at home, 0-3 in ACC play coming into this game, while they have been 3-2 when Ramblin'. The Cavaliers rode 13 first-half Georgia Tech turnovers to an eight-point halftime lead, then held on when the Jackets started holding on to the ball and made several second half runs. A three-point shot by Jay Huff and a pair of free throws from Mamadi Diakite helped the Hoos get aw...

Virginia traveled to Tallahassee to take on the kind of Florida State that always gives us fits: fast, deep, and long and rangy on the wings. We’re starting to hear about NCAA seedings and the need for “quality” wins, which a victory over the #10 Seminoles would be. Alas, the standard woes that have plagued this team were on full display on Wednesday.



Hooamp's Game Recap:

Florida St. 54 Cavaliers 50

For much of Wednesday's game at No. 9 Florida State, the Wahoos had the Seminoles on the ropes.

The end of both halves were a different story.

FSU ended the first half on an 11-0 run over the final 3:45 and finished the game on a 10-3 run over the last 2:27. UVa dropped its third straight contest, 54-50, its longest losing streak since February 2017...


Seminole Weaknesses?

Posted on January 14, 2020 in The Team by Seattle Hoo.

Our pre-game analyst StLouHoo has a dim outlook on this one for the Hoos - and why not? FSU has an excellent defense, aggressive offense, and they are winning their ACC games by double-digit points. Why, then, do the analytics sites see this as a closer game than does homer StLouHoo?

FSU has some weaknesses that make this not such an open-and-shut ...

Syracuse came to the JPJ with a season on the brink and a fanbase about to erupt in full-scale panic. Virginia was coming off a tough loss to mediocre Boston College and a season hanging in the balance as well.  In our first meeting, UVa held Syracuse to 34 points and 17% shooting from beyond the arc. How would the rematch turn out?

The ACC confuses me. Teams that look good one night look like shit the next. It is clear that Duke, Florida State and Louisville are good teams. They are a cut above the rest of the league. If we take out the other teams' losses to those teams, what do the standings look like? It's pretty interesting:

First thing I notice is that Miami has had a shit start. They have had to play ALL THREE of the top teams so far, and have lost them all. This does not qualify th...