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Cavaliers Journal: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

Wake Forest 69, Virginia 57

The first ACC loss came later than most expected, but Virginia finally registered a conference loss Saturday against Wake Forest. Much to discuss about this game and the team in the coming days, but I'm curious what you think. Please...

By Zach Berman  |  January 23, 2010; 7:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Halftime update: Wake Forest 34, Virginia 15

An ugly first half by the Cavaliers was highlighted by Tony Bennett's decision to sit both Sylven Landesberg and Mike Scott with two fouls. Landesberg's foul came with 12:28 remaining in half; Scott committed his foul with 7:53 remainining in...

By Zach Berman  |  January 23, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Live from Winston-Salem, N.C. ...

Live at the Joel Coliseum, some quick pre-game notes... - Virginia guard Calvin Baker is not on the trip. It was a coach's decision, according to a Virginia athletic department official. That's all I have right now. Baker's playing time...

By Zach Berman  |  January 23, 2010; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Gameday links

We're hours from the Virginia-Wake Forest game here in Winston-Salem, N.C. Here are the stories to get you ready... Two decades ago, Dick Bennett created the pack-line defense. Both teams will use it on Saturday. It is a critical road...

By Zach Berman  |  January 23, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: With Evans in, what happens to Baker?

With Jontel Evans assuming an increased role in Virginia’s rotation – and one that has included starting the past two games – it’s natural to wonder what exactly Calvin Baker’s role will be on the team. In fact, that very...

By Zach Berman  |  January 22, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Men's Basketball: Stopping Ish Smith

Tony Bennett does not often watch games with the volume on, but he did during Wake Forest's win over North Carolina on Wednesday. His ears perked up when he heard the commentator say that Demon Deacons Coach Dino Gaudio said...

By Zach Berman  |  January 22, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Bennett on 'balanced' ACC

Some call it parity. Other call it mediocrity. The first word from Virginia Coach Tony Bennett is balanced. When characterizing the upside-down ACC, no one can explain it. Virginia is the only undefeated team at 3-0. This is the same...

By Zach Berman  |  January 22, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Friday links

Among Tony Bennett's requests is that his team limits turnovers, and he sees to it with unique drills. Jontel Evans will likely continue his increased role. In football, Al Groh suffered from a lack of coaching continuity -- even if...

By Zach Berman  |  January 22, 2010; 5:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Should the NCAA tournament expand to 96?

Post columnist Tracee Hamilton weighs in with her thoughts on expanding the NCAA tournament field to 96 teams. Here's a preview: She truly, utterly loathes the idea. What do you think? Should the NCAA tournament field be expanded to 96...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  January 21, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: The hidden advantages of scheduling

Although it might be considered blasphemy to lead with Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg on a Virginia blog (Greenberg, by the way, is a former U-Va. assistant), the Hokies' coach is fond of pointing out that a big part of...

By Zach Berman  |  January 21, 2010; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Thursday links

Jerome Meyinsse is finally known for basketball after three years spent with a reputation for so much more. Virginia adjusted their practice schedule to include mornings twice a week. Students are excited about an exciting product in John Paul Jones...

By Zach Berman  |  January 21, 2010; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Meyinsse solidifies role

The Cavaliers Journal archive presents a revealing look at the evolution of Jerome Meyinsse this season. He started in the preseason as a player who could receive a fresh opportunity with Coach Tony Bennett. That turned into a player the...

By Zach Berman  |  January 20, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Three-point shooting a surprise

Before the season, Tony Bennett was asked about Virginia's struggles from the three-point line last season. The Cavaliers were returning only one player who made more than 35 percent of his three-pointers in 2008-09, and Bennett joked that there are...

By Zach Berman  |  January 20, 2010; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Football: Cook, Jackson selected for Senior Bowl

Virginia cornerback Chris Cook and fullback Rashawn Jackson will both participate in the Jan. 30 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Cook led the Cavaliers with four interceptions in 2009, starting all 12 games after missing 2008 because of academic suspension....

By Zach Berman  |  January 20, 2010; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wednesday links

Virginia has improved its three-point shooting this year, which we'll examine on Cavaliers Journal later this afternoon. As has often been mentioned, Virginia's success should be kept in perspective. In football recruiting, here's the biggest test of Mike London's first...

By Zach Berman  |  January 20, 2010; 6:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Women's Basketball: Future Cav Ataira Franklin discusses decision

Riverdale's Ataira Franklin is one of the top women's basketball player in the Washington region, and she will play for Virginia next season. Check out her recruiting spotlight to learn more....

By Zach Berman  |  January 19, 2010; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: A closer look at Bennett's substitution patterns

One of the more underrated -- and seldom-discussed -- parts of basketball coaching is substitution patterns. All coaches have different theories about when to put a player in, whom a player replaces and how many players substitute in the game...

By Zach Berman  |  January 19, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Behind Landesberg's final shot

You can watch Sylven Landesberg's game-winner against UNC Wilmington toward the end of this video. But there was more than simply meets the eye. Here's the back story: Coach Tony Bennett wanted the last shot when Virginia regained possession with...

By Zach Berman  |  January 19, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tuesday links

A dramatic game-winner kept Virginia on an eight-game winning streak, even if the win was ugly. The play went just as Coach Tony Bennett drew it up during a timeout. Despite the win, not everyone was happy with Monday's performance....

By Zach Berman  |  January 19, 2010; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Halftime: Virginia 34, UNC Wilmington 27

Virginia went on a 20-0 run late in the half and kept UNCW scoreless for more than 10 minutes to recover from a 10-point deficit. Tony Bennett started the same five as Saturday (Evans, Zeglinski, Landesberg, Scott, Meyinsse), and that...

By Zach Berman  |  January 18, 2010; 7:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's basketball notes

Sorry for the quiet blog -- been working on stories for the newspaper today. Some quick basketball notes as I sit in John Paul Jones Arena awaiting Monday's game against North Carolina Wilmington... - Virginia guard Sylven Landesberg was named...

By Zach Berman  |  January 18, 2010; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia vs. North Carolina Wilmington preview

Avoiding a letdown: Virginia is the hottest team in the ACC with seven consecutive wins, including three straight in the conference. After ably meeting the intensity required to win ACC games, the Cavaliers must now play a nonconference game against...

By Zach Berman  |  January 18, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday links

For a fresh story, here's one about Virginia trying to avoid a letdown -- with the help of guard Jontel Evans. But there are some important stories from the weekend to bring to your attention. The first is John Feinstein's...

By Zach Berman  |  January 18, 2010; 6:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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