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HOOS Place senior writer StLouHoo joins Seattle Hoo for to preview the 2019-20 season and the Syracuse game.  What does the national championship mean to us, and what do we expect this season?  Hoo will prevail in the ACC season opener?

 

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Host Val Prochaska and Seattle Hoo are joined by special guest Kevin Wall from SBNation's Syracuse site NunesMagician.Com, @NunesMagician, to talk about the ACC opener for both teams on ACC Network.  Does Kevin's Elite Eight shot find the mark better than the three-point attempts of both teams?  Val and Seattle also talk JMU, Hoos women's soccer, and the men's hoops team's upcoming tilt with the Columbia Lions.

Special guest Brad McCorkle joins us to talk about the Hoos, his son Carson who just signed to play basketball for UVA, and Larry Bird.  Val and Seattle break down the Columbia win, preview Vermont, and give kudos to the soccer and field hockey teams, the latest Hoo teams to win championships, earn #1 seeds and advance to Final Fours!

 

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Seattle Hoo and special guest Evan Hughes from TechSideLine.Com preview the upcoming Virginia-Virginia Tech football game and marvel over the early season successes of Mike Young's Hokies basketball team - even before the huge upset of #3 Michigan State in Maui!  Then Seattle and Val get into the soccer programs and finally mosey on around to men's hoops at the Mohegan Sun.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Seattle has the pictures so he was able to get JORDAN SPERBER back on the pod to break down the UVA offense and talk tactics. Seattle and Val also commiserated over the men's soccer loss on PKs with Val telling us why he actually likes the PK shootout and Seattle complaining about all the substituting in college soccer.

 

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We talk a little basketball and a little football, as Seattle Hoo coerced Carson McCorkle's dad Brad back onto the show to update us on Carson's injury, then StLouHoo broke up Seattle and Val's grousing and moaning about the HOOps team's holiday spirit against Stony Brook and South Carolina to analyze the football early signing day results. As bad as the basketball team looked against South Carolina is about as good as the football recruiting class looks! Then Seattle ruins the mood with horrible puns on the way out.

Former Hoo footballers Earl Sims and Ahmad Hawkins join Seattle and StLou to preview the Orange Bowl. Listen to these two Hoo greats reconnect with some great stories from their playing days - and oh yeah, dish a little on the game and make their predictions. After The Earl and Ahmad Show, StLouHoo jumps into the studio with his mountain of data and breaks down the matchup. This is a great one to enjoy on your drive to Charlottesville for the basketball game, or while traveling to Miami for the football game!

Seattle Hoo shares his thoughts on the Orange Bowl and the hoops game with Navy, plus a short preview of the Virginia Tech hoops game coming up Saturday.

 

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Seattle and Val go deep into the Hoos' evisceration of Virginia Tech, then welcome back guest Kevin Wall of NunesMagician.Com to preview the Syracuse game. The three also talk about Tonight's games between the Cavaliers and Boston College, and Syracuse and Virginia Tech. There might also be a little banter about some other ACC teams.

 

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Two losses have dented the spirits of the Wahoo faithful, but the banner still hangs. Val and Seattle break down the losses to Syracuse and Boston College, and delve into the effort level and how to fix the offense. Seattle presents a scouting report on upcoming opponents Florida State and Georgia Tech. Are the Seminoles as fierce as Val fears? Listen to find out.

 

In this belated episode, Val updates us on the men's and women's soccer players who got drafted and how the teams might recover next year, allowing Seattle to segue into basketball. Seattle and Val break down the basketball team's last three games - the loss at Florida State, win at Georgia Tech, then the demoralizing defeat at the paws of the NC State Wolfpack. Stay tuned for some rambling overview of the talent and coaching challenges, with some theoretical discourse you might find either enlightening or purely hubristic. We end with a quick look at the football schedule.

The Hoocast crew went into the studio feeling great after a two-game winning streak. Seattle Hoo and Val get into the nitty gritty of shooting stats and hard hedges, celebrate the winning efforts, and flesh out the Hoos' standing as they head into a week off. It feels so much better after a couple of wins!

 

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It's been a while, but we are finally back to talk hoops. But first, Val fills us in on some women's soccer news, as two Cavaliers will be playing for our country. Then we dive into the men's basketball team's triumph over the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill and place it into context. Casey's getting better, Tomas is getting better, Kody is getting better, Kihei belongs on the All-ACC teams but is he or Mamadi the team MVP? The real issue animating Seattle and Val, however, is whether it is the Texas Two-Step or a reverse Texas Two-Step. Finally, Seattle grieves the departure of Vic So'oto.

Seattle and Val try to process those last three minutes against Pitt so we can enjoy the fact of a road win against a talented team that plays well at home. Then we look at how the Hoos beat up on Boston College, addition by subtraction, and that opportunity awaits. How high can the Hoos go and what do they have to do to get there? Beating Tech is first and we tell you how!

 

Seattle and Val celebrate the wins over Virginia Tech and Duke and how they bring the Hoos to within striking distance of another ACC Regular Season Championship. Then with Senior Day coming up, we honor a couple of Champions: our Seniors Mamadi Diakite and Braxton Key, without whom UVA would not have an NCAA Men's Basketball Championship!

 

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The Hoos gave Mamadi Diakite and Braxton Key a happy sendoff with yet another Senior Day win over Louisville. Seattle and Val talk again about the two seniors, pay homage to Grant Kersey and all the other walkons, and get into the Miami and Louisville wins. 

 

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Women's Soccer Head Coach Steve Swanson joins us on the show to share his thoughts on this past season, what he and the staff are doing to keep the players busy during Coronapocalypse, and his true thoughts about Val. Enjoy this special HOOcast while sheltering-in-place.

 

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Seattle Hoo and Val return after a real-life-dictated hiatus to finally review the 2019-20 season and discuss some team awards. They also ponder the imponderable: What's your favorite season of the Bennett Era? But first, they welcome the newest hoops Hoo, Trey Murphy, with some analysis of his game and a review of his history with UVA. We would have had StLouHoo to run down the football recruiting, but Seattle experienced brain dysfunction and told him the wrong time. Hopefully we can coax StLou on next episode.

Hoos Place recruiting guru StLouHoo joins Seattle Hoo and Val in the virtual studio to talk football recruiting. StLou gives the rundown on transfers for 2020, including the latest get, then breaks down the early 2021 commits and what it all means. Football is not the only program with great recruiting news right now, as Val tells us about Steve Swanson's great 2020 class for women's soccer.