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Cavaliers Journal: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

Men's Basketball: Landesberg and first-half fouls

For the second consecutive game, Sylven Landesberg drew two foul first-half fouls. For the second consecutive game, Coach Tony Bennett elected to keep Virginia's guard on the bench. And for the second consecutive game, it proved costly. When Landesberg drew...

By Zach Berman  |  January 29, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Football: More on, and from, Bill Lazor

Just got off the phone with Bill Lazor, Virginia's new offensive coordinator (and quarterbacks coach). Lazor has connections to the Washington area, having been the Redskins' quarterbacks coach under Joe Gibbs from 2004 to 2007 and then going to the...

By Zach Berman  |  January 29, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Zeglinski's shot

About 50 minutes before tip-off of Thursday's loss to Virginia Tech, I stood courtside observing Virginia warming up for the game. This was before the formal warmups with fans in the arena, and it's the time when you can best...

By Zach Berman  |  January 29, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Men's Basketball: Piecing together the final three minutes

With 3 minutes 2 seconds remaining in Thursday's loss to Virginia Tech, Virginia's players huddled by the bench during a media timeout with a 10-point lead. What happened? In progression... - Two free-throws by Malcolm Delaney (U-Va. 62, Va. Tech...

By Zach Berman  |  January 29, 2010; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Friday links

What a game last night. I'm still trying to piece it all together. These stories will help... Thursday's game had all the makings of a rivalry. One expert said it was the best game between the team two teams in...

By Zach Berman  |  January 29, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Halftime: Va. Tech 28, Virginia 27

Once again, Virginia lost ground when Sylven Landesberg picked up his second foul. This is an issue for the Cavaliers. Your halftime stats... M. Scott - 14 points, 6 rebounds J. Meyinsse - 3 points, 2 rebounds J. Evans -...

By Zach Berman  |  January 28, 2010; 8:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Live from JPJA...

Minutes until gametime, and it appears this will be the most energized crowd of the season. Some quick notes... - As expected, Calvin Baker is back with the team. - Virginia's starters: Evans, Zeglinski, Landesberg, Scott, Meyinsse - Va. Tech's...

By Zach Berman  |  January 28, 2010; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia hires Lazor as offensive coordinator

It's official -- Virginia has hired former Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks quarterback coach Bill Lazor as offensive coordinator. Lazor is the penultimate hire to Coach Mike London's first coaching hire, joining former defensive coordinator Jim Reid (formerly the Miami...

By Zach Berman  |  January 28, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Report: Lazor to be Cavs' offensive coordinator

UPDATED 4:21 P.M.: Virginia has confirmed Lazor's hiring in a news release. The Daily Press is reporting that Bill Lazor, a longtime NFL and college assistant coach, will be named Virginia's new offensive coordinator. Lazor spent the last two seasons...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  January 28, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Men's Basketball: Virginia's NCAA tournament chances

When it comes to dissecting the NCAA tournament, you'll be hard to find someone better than The Post's Eric Prisbell. In Prisbell's new blog, The 65, he dissected Virginia's chances. You can read it here....

By Zach Berman  |  January 28, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Behind Jeff Jones's shooting

In a preseason conversation with Jeff Jones, Virginia's junior guard said he thought his three-point percentage this season would be the in the mid-to-high 40 percent range. This raised my eyebrows, considering Jones's reputation as a shooter was not solidified...

By Zach Berman  |  January 28, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Greenberg talks Cavs

Cavaliers Journal has spoken to opposing coaches periodically this season about preparing for Virginia this season compared with in years past. Here's what Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg had to say. "First thing is, obviously, they're extremely well coached, they're...

By Zach Berman  |  January 28, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Baseball: No. 2 Preseason ranking

Anyone excited for the spring? Baseball America's Top 25 was unveiled Wednesday, and Virginia is No. 2. It's the highest ranking the program has ever received and comes on the heels of the Cavaliers' first-ever trip to Omaha. Cavaliers Journal...

By Zach Berman  |  January 28, 2010; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Thursday links

It's gameday between Virginia-Virginia Tech, which means many stories... We'll start in The Washington Post, where Tony Bennett and Seth Greenberg have different personalities. The players are playing with more confidence under Bennett. The game will be a reunion for...

By Zach Berman  |  January 28, 2010; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: More on the pack-line...

In Saturday's story on the history of Virginia's pack-line defense, I wrote how Tony Bennett measures the success of the defense on how it defends three-point shooting. I've received e-mails asking about this criterion, considering the players who are not...

By Zach Berman  |  January 27, 2010; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Thoughts on U-Va.-Va. Tech rivalry

When Virginia and Virginia Tech meet, the in-state rivalry is a much-discussed story line. Although when Virginia is 3-1 in the ACC and Virginia Tech is 2-2, the game is not about bragging rights as it is about simply winning...

By Zach Berman  |  January 27, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Baker's 'been great' to Evans

Since freshman Jontel Evans took a chunk out of senior guard Calvin Baker's playing time -- not to mention Baker's starting spot -- Evans said people have asked him about the relationship between the two guards. "He's been great," Evans...

By Zach Berman  |  January 27, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wednesday links

Virginia and Virginia Tech enter Thursday's game needing wins for different reasons. Sammy Zeglinski has been one of the most improved players on the team. Here's the second part of the student paper's interview with Tony Bennett. And here's the...

By Zach Berman  |  January 27, 2010; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Football: Miles Gooch highlights

Virginia reportedly received a commitment from quarterback Miles Gooch after a visit this past week. If you're interested in seeing Gooch highlights, here they are:...

By Zach Berman  |  January 26, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Men's basketball: On second thought...

In fear of harping too much on the foul situation from Saturday's loss to Wake Forest, I'll keep this as the final post about the two foul/first half debate. Tony Bennett did what almost every coach does -- sits a...

By Zach Berman  |  January 26, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tuesday links

Virginia and Virginia Tech appear to have bright futures. The student paper sits down with Tony Bennett. It's hard to believe that Mike London has been on the job for seven weeks, but there is still much to be accomplished....

By Zach Berman  |  January 26, 2010; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Baker back with Cavaliers

Senior guard Calvin Baker is back at practice after a "coach's decision" kept Virginia's captain from traveling with the team to Saturday's game at Wake Forest. The Cavaliers held practice on Monday morning. "He practiced with us," Bennett said Monday....

By Zach Berman  |  January 25, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: A bad day, or a bad sign?

Teams hit hot streaks during the course of a season and teams have bad games during the course of the season. Despite a road loss to a superior team -- and one without Virginia's top two players for a good...

By Zach Berman  |  January 25, 2010; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday links

A slow day of stories, but it will be a busy day of blog entries... Calvin Baker's status remains in question for Virginia. Here's a Q + A from last week with Sylven Landesberg. And Virginia is No. 54 in...

By Zach Berman  |  January 25, 2010; 6:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Sunday links

The big story in Saturday's loss to Wake Forest was the first-half foul trouble. With that, the team's momentum halted and an ordinarly joyous locker room was solemn. The game proved that the Cavaliers need Sylven Landesberg to win. It...

By Zach Berman  |  January 24, 2010; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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