Preview Tipoff: What Next?

[Note: a different version of this article ran in April in the wake of the national title. It has been modified to serve here as an introduction to our 2019-20 season preview.]   Back in April, right after the title game, I wrote: What a feeling. All of my pregame

Preseason All-ACC Teams and Awards

We had our writers cast ballots for a slate of all-conference preseason honors, to include 1st and 2nd team, all-freshman, and player, rookie, and defensive player of the year. Twenty different players got votes for one of the two All-ACC teams, none a consensus, nine different freshmen got votes for

ACC Power Rankings: Preseason

Fifteen teams battling for one trophy. Top ranked recruits and All-ACC worthy players on most every team. This is college basketball’s best, deepest league yet again, even though this year feels a step behind some years in terms of top-level quality. There may only be 8 or so teams receiving bids come Selection

The Next Great ACC Coach

Tony Bennett has ascended the ladder from “great young coach” to “member of the championship fraternity.” His legacy is cemented, and he now stands shoulder to shoulder with the ACC’s other elders Jim Boeheim, Roy Williams, and Mike Krzyzewski. The purpose of this article is to look at the next

The New Recruiting Reality

In January of 2018, in an effort to decode why Virginia was in the midst of a seemingly-long recruiting dry spell, I wrote a three part series breaking down the ins and outs of Virginia recruiting on a more macro level. In the second part of that series, which you

Impacts of the New 3-Point Line

[Note: a version of this ran in June after the rule changes were announced. It’s been updated here as a refresher going into the new season.]   The NCAA rules committee voted to implement some changes to D-1 basketball for this coming year. You can read the article here (link)

21 – Kadin Shedrick

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4 – Justin McKoy

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The Walkon’s Moment

It has become something of a tradition since the Virginia Cavaliers entered college basketball’s elite in 2013-14: The Walkon Moment.  It is a tradition that might even play out in a more meaningful way this season, a way that ties the Bennett Era even a little more tightly in with

13 – Casey Morsell

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22 – Francisco Caffaro

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Predicting the Schedule: The Non-Conference

Sunday, November 10th James Madison Dukes Charlottesville After tipping off the season with a made-for-TV conference date at the Carrier Dome, the Hoos come back to Charlottesville for a more traditional home opener. The Dukes struggled to a 6-12 finish in the Colonial last year, and went only 7-6 in their

0 – Kihei Clark

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23 – Kody Stattmann

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Predicting the Schedule: The ACC

Wednesday, November 6th Syracuse Orange Syracuse, NY The Carrier Dome will surely be rocking to open the season as the Orange welcome the national champions. Can Syracuse grab a big win right off the bat? Virginia has questions marks, but so does ‘Cuse after losing key pieces in Tyus Battle,

53 – Tomas Woldetensae

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30 – Jay Huff

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2 – Braxton Key

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25 – Mamadi Diakite

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Defending Champion Vibes

We as fans have gone into a lot of new seasons over the years (decades), and our emotions surrounding the new season always carry some residual feelings from the year prior. Sometimes those feelings have reflected the frustration of a losing season or a post-season crash-and-burn. Other years those feelings

Keys to the Season

With the big exodus of NBA talent and the Hoos’ fortunes dependent on a number of new faces, expectations for this season are being set a little lower than they have been the last couple years. Of course, these expectations are all relative, as they’re still orders of magnitude higher

Twitter Mailbag – Preseason Hoops Edition

Maybe my favorite part of writing the preseason coverage each year is the chance to interact with other fans in the Twitter Mailbag. Appreciated all the write-ins this time around, and Karl Hess and StLouHoo got together to answer each of your questions.   20 seconds left, down 2. Who

Bold Predictions

It’s an annual tradition as part of our Hoos Place previews that we ask our writers to make some preseason bold predictions: three for the Hoos, and another three for the ACC at large. We intend to emphasize the “Bold” in these predictions, no safe outs like predicting Virginia Tech

Final Thoughts

It’s time to wind down our 2019-20 preseason basketball coverage. We’ve looked long and hard at our new and returning players. We’ve waxed nostalgic over last year’s magical run. We’ve surveyed the landscape of this year’s ACC. The only thing left after this is the Syracuse game preview. So this