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Cavaliers Journal: January 10, 2010 - January 16, 2010

Halftime: Virginia 33, Miami 21

Virginia entered halftime on a high note after Jontel Evans hit a high-arcing, fade-away jumper at the buzzer. Virginia's defense has been outstanding -- Miami is shooting 21.7 percent at the half. Here are your halftime stats: Mike Scott: 6...

By Zach Berman  |  January 16, 2010; 9:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Live at JPJA...

Here at John Paul Jones Arena, it's the biggest crowd of the season. Right as the national anthem finished, the students responded with "Let's Go Wa-hoos." Some quick notes... - For the second consecutive game, Jerome Meyinsse is starting in...

By Zach Berman  |  January 16, 2010; 8:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Miami familiar with Charlottesville

After Miami's loss to Virginia Tech on Wednesday, the Hurricanes did not return to Coral Gables, Fla. Instead, they came directly to Charlottesville, making the Blacksburg to Charlottesville trek familiar to many Cavaliers fans and spent Thursday and Friday in...

By Zach Berman  |  January 15, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia-related football coaching news

Al Groh has agreed in principle to become Georgia Tech's defensive coordinator, Yellow Jackets Coach Paul Johnson confirmed in a statement this afternoon. Groh will sign his contract upon arriving in Atlanta next week. Any money he makes will be...

By Zach Berman  |  January 15, 2010; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia's postseason hopes

If you have not yet, bookmark Eric Prisbell's new blog, "The 65." On Thursday, Prisbell examined Virginia's postseason chances. The Cavaliers have some unimpressive losses and need a favorable ACC schedule to have a chance, but at least there's a...

By Zach Berman  |  January 15, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Reports: Groh to Georgia Tech

The Associated Press and ESPN are both reporting that Al Groh will be the defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech. This will keep Groh in the ACC (and the Coastal Division), where he will play Virginia and Virginia Tech every year....

By Zach Berman  |  January 15, 2010; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia's RealTimeRPI.com projection

On Terrapins Insider on Thursday, colleague Steve Yanda examined RealTimeRPI.com, which projects scores and records for each team. You can read about the formula on Steve's post. The formula projects Virginia finishing 13-15, including a 5-11 ACC record. This does...

By Zach Berman  |  January 15, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Friday links

Andy Katz gives Virginia some national recognition, pointing out that the Cavaliers are an example of the parity in college basketball. Mike Scott's dunk pleased the crowd, but not Tony Bennett. In football, Mike London is almost finished building his...

By Zach Berman  |  January 15, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Reports: Groh interviewed with Dolphins

There are multiple reports out of south Florida and among national media outlets that Al Groh has interviewed for the Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator position vacated by the ouster of former Syracuse Coach Paul Pasqualoni (who, by the way, Groh...

By Zach Berman  |  January 14, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Football: Moore discusses return to alma mater

Just got off the phone with Virginia’s newly appointed assistant coach Shawn Moore (position to be determined). Here are some of the highlights: - This will be Moore’s third time living in Charlottesville (during college and after college). Of all...

By Zach Berman  |  January 14, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Meyinsse finally receives opportunity to contribute

The message was sent moments before Wednesday's win over No. 20 Georgia Tech, when Jerome Meyinsse was seated on the bench along with the four other starters. Meyinsse returned to the starting lineup, replacing the slighter Will Sherrill and providing...

By Zach Berman  |  January 14, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Three keys to victory

All of this will be examined in more detail in separate posts, but here were the three keys in Virginia's win over No. 20 Georgia Tech: 1) Versatility of playing style -- Virginia's two ACC wins have featured two different...

By Zach Berman  |  January 14, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Thursday links

Two games into the ACC season, it might be time to start reconsidering expectations of Virginia basketball. Certainly, the ACC should take notice of the streaking Cavaliers.One of the keys is Virginia has bought into Tony Bennett's coaching style. Fans...

By Zach Berman  |  January 14, 2010; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Halftime: Georgia Tech 39, Virginia 38

The pace of the game does not favor the Cavaliers, which has gone into an open-court game instead of a half-court game. Mike Scott has played well, although a fancy dunk on a fast break drew the ire of Coach...

By Zach Berman  |  January 13, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Football: Where have former staff members gone?

With the news of Mike Groh going to Louisville as quarterbacks coach and Al Groh fielding offers both in the NFL and college, I wanted to update on Virginia's former coaching staff: Offensive coordinator - Gregg Brandon: TBD Special teams...

By Zach Berman  |  January 13, 2010; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's basketball: How Georgia Tech prepares for Virginia

Throughout the season, I'll use this space to report how ACC coaches are preparing for a Tony Bennett-coached Virginia team, considering Bennett's hire was met with questions about how his system could fit within the ACC. I recently spoke to...

By Zach Berman  |  January 13, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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What to watch in Virginia vs. Georgia Tech

Virginia vs. No 20 Georgia Tech When: 7 p.m. Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville. Radio: WTNT (570 AM). Records: Cavaliers 9-4, 1-0 ACC; Yellow Jackets 12-3, 1-1. Heightened risk: Georgia Tech features one of the best front courts in...

By Zach Berman  |  January 13, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wednesday links

Sylven Landesberg continues to search for his role within Tony Bennett's offense. Virginia enters Wednesday's game with much to prove against heralded Georgia Tech. Go behind the scenes with a member of Virginia's coaching staff. In football, Jim Reid has...

By Zach Berman  |  January 13, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Is Jones slow, or does he play good defense?

During Tony Bennett's segment on Monday's ACC teleconference, he was asked about what is probably the most unusual statistic you can find with Virginia: Guard Jeff Jones has played 235 minutes this season and has committed only two personal fouls....

By Zach Berman  |  January 12, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Tony Bennett's offense and Sylven Landesberg's creativity

Tony Bennett always talks about Sylven Landesberg making "other players better", and playing a "complete game" -- all fair objectives, especially as last season's ACC rookie of the year searches for ways to improve. But Saturday's win over North Carolina...

By Zach Berman  |  January 12, 2010; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Rebounding from the back court

One of the statistics that stood out in Saturday's win over North Carolina State was Virginia's leading rebounder: Sammy Zeglinski. All 6 feet and 182 pounds of him. Zeglinski's eight rebounds trumped any of Virginia's interior players. This number would...

By Zach Berman  |  January 12, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tuesday links

Expect Assane Sene to play a bigger role on Wednesday. Georgia Tech enters John Paul Jones Arena with momentum. In women's basketball, Monica Wright became the all-time leading scorer in a Cavaliers loss. In football, Al Groh might not be...

By Zach Berman  |  January 12, 2010; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia-UNC Wilmington at 7 p.m.

No insight I can provide on this one other than the school's release... The Virginia men’s basketball team’s game with UNC Wilmington on Monday, Jan. 18, at John Paul Jones Arena will begin at 7 p.m. and will not be...

By Zach Berman  |  January 11, 2010; 8:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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ACC Statistics

Every Monday, I'll post the ACC statistics so you can see where the Cavaliers stick up in the conference. Continue reading for this week's stats......

By Zach Berman  |  January 11, 2010; 7:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Baker, Meyinsse, Tat named captains

Tony Bennett waited nearly three months into the season to name captains, but he finally did on Monday. Seniors Calvin Baker, Jerome Meyinsse and Solomon Tat are the captains. They are the only seniors on the team. Here is the...

By Zach Berman  |  January 11, 2010; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Sene still not receiving consistent playing time

Despite all the positives to come out of Saturday's win over North Carolina State, there was one discouraging subplot: Center Assane Sene did not even reach the floor. Sene is the Cavaliers' only seven footer and was expected to be...

By Zach Berman  |  January 11, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Motivation in the second half

With Virginia trailing by 10 points in the second half of Saturday's win over North Carolina State, the Cavaliers' players returned to the sideline during timeouts with a clear motivation. "This is why we run the hills, this what that's...

By Zach Berman  |  January 11, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday links -- updated

Virginia guard Jeff Jones played his best this season late in Saturday's win over North Carolina State. The same could be said about the entire Cavaliers' roster. Also, in case you missed a story from Saturday, read about the improbable...

By Zach Berman  |  January 11, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Sunday reading

We'll start with men's basketball, which played BennettBall in Saturday's win over North Carolina State. Sylven Landesberg's creativity was one of the reasons why the Cavaliers won, which was also aided by Mike Scott's second-half transformation. Free throws help explain...

By Zach Berman  |  January 10, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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