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Cavaliers Journal: January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

Halftime: Virginia 34, Wake Forest 29

Virginia entered halftime with a lead because it shot 50 percent from the field. The defense was not extraordinary, and the Cavaliers suffered foul trouble. In fact, Mike Scott played as well as he could play through 10 minutes (10...

By Zach Berman  |  February 6, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Live at JPJA...

Seconds until tip-off here at John Paul Jones Arena, and I must admit, this is one of the more interesting crowds of the season. Students have shown up in large numbers -- all students were allowed in free, with or...

By Zach Berman  |  February 6, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia-Wake Forest to be played as scheduled

Here's the release... CHARLOTTESVILLE—The Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball game between Wake Forest and Virginia will be played as scheduled at John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday (Feb. 6). The game is scheduled to begin at noon and will be...

By Zach Berman  |  February 5, 2010; 7:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Scouting Virginia vs. Wake Forest

Virginia (14-6, 5-2 ACC) vs. Wake Forest (15-5, 5-3) What to watch: Wake Forest and Virginia both play the pack-line defense made famous by Dick Bennett, father of Virginia Coach Tony Bennett. By using the pack-line themselves, the Demon Deacons...

By Zach Berman  |  February 5, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tony Bennett encouraged by Cavaliers' finishing kick

Throughout the course of the season, Virginia Coach Tony Bennett has recited expressions both to his players and to reporters that his father once recited to him when Bennett played for Dick Bennett at Wisconsin-Green Bay. Tony Bennett used one...

By Zach Berman  |  February 5, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Mike London's pitch to Cavaliers' inherited players

Virginia football coach Mike London maintained 12 of the former coaching staff's 13 committed players, with the 13th expected to enroll at Virginia after time at a prep school for academics. London credited staff holdovers Anthony Poindexter and Bob Price...

By Zach Berman  |  February 5, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sylven Landesberg, Mike Scott seek redemption against Wake Forest

Virginia guard Sylven Landesberg and forward Mike Scott both spoke with unprompted excitement about an opportunity for redemption in Saturday's game against Wake Forest. If you remember the Cavaliers' loss to Demon Deacons on Jan. 23, Scott and Landesberg both...

By Zach Berman  |  February 5, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bill Dudley passes, Al Groh recruits, Virginia basketball surprises

One of the great players in Virginia history passed away at 88. Bill Dudley has quite the legacy with Virginia fans. And here's a great story from the archives of "Bullet Bill." Debates about Al Groh's recruiting just won't end,...

By Zach Berman  |  February 5, 2010; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia football legend Bill Dudley dies at 89

Bill Dudley, one of the great football players in Virginia history, died after a short illness. Dudley starred for the Cavaliers in the early 1940s and was the Pittsburgh Steelers' top draft choice in 1942. He also played for the...

By Zach Berman  |  February 4, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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2010 Virginia football schedule

...Hot off the presses. Anyone have predictions? Leave comments below. 2010 Virginia Cavaliers Football Schedule Sept. 4 RICHMOND Sept. 11 at USC Sept. 25 VMI Oct. 2 FLORIDA STATE * Oct. 9 at Georgia Tech * Oct. 16 NORTH CAROLINA...

By Zach Berman  |  February 4, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Eric Prisbell on Virginia's NCAA tournament chances

Washington Post bracketologist Eric Prisbell discussed Virginia's NCAA tournament chances on his blog, The 65. He said Virginia is currently one of the last four out, but could reach the tournament with 10 ACC wins....

By Zach Berman  |  February 4, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia basketball: With big men in foul trouble, Tony Bennett goes bigger

Wednesday night's win over North Carolina State was not the first time Virginia encountered foul trouble among its already limited group of front-court players. Except for one of the first times this season, Coach Tony Bennett's response was different. Both...

By Zach Berman  |  February 4, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cavs great Tiki Barber happy with Mike London hire

From the moment Mike London first appeared publicly after becoming Virginia's head football coach, he made a commitment to opening the doors and reconnecting with the program's past. Former players lined the hallways at London's first news conference, and players...

By Zach Berman  |  February 4, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia signing day: London relieved that Moses remains

For the second consecutive season, four-star offensive tackle Morgan Moses conducted a news conference with hats of prospective schools laid out in front of him. And for the second consecutive year, Moses picked Virginia's cap. "I heard he had the...

By Zach Berman  |  February 4, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia-Wake Forest game still on

Wake Forest is heading up to Charlottesville early to beat the snowstorm that is forecast for the area. Under ACC guidelines, if both teams and two of the three officials can make it to the game, it should be played,...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  February 4, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Mustapha Farrakhan's dunk highlights Cavs' win

As excited as Virginia's players were about beating North Carolina State on Wednesday, there was just as much excitement about returning to their televisions and seeing where Mustapha Farrakhan's dunk ranked on ESPN SportsCenter's top 10 plays. Sure enough, it...

By Zach Berman  |  February 4, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia beats N.C. State, London assembles first recruiting class

Mustapha Farrakhan's dunk highlights Virginia's second consecutive victory. However, it was the second-half defense that led the Cavaliers to the victory. And when the defense was not present in the first half, Coach Tony Bennett was mad. Virginia's students are...

By Zach Berman  |  February 4, 2010; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia 59, N.C. State 47

Virginia holds serve at home and ties with Duke at the top of the ACC standings with a 5-2 conference record. More to come on Thursday. In the mean time, leave your thoughts below....

By Zach Berman  |  February 3, 2010; 10:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Football: Four quarterbacks to start, not to finish

Virginia signed four quarterbacks: Michael Strauss, Miles Gooch, Jake McGee and Michael Rocco. Strauss was recruited by the previous coaching staff, met London on the weekend London was interviewed for the Virginia job, committed to the Cavaliers and enrolled for...

By Zach Berman  |  February 3, 2010; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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UPDATED -- Football: Kyrrel Latimer update

All but one player who committed to Al Groh kept his commitment. That one is DeMatha defensive back Kyrrel Latimer. Coach Mike London did not mention Latimer by name, but confirmed that the one player who did not sign is...

By Zach Berman  |  February 3, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Football: Virginia's recruiting class

Signing Day came and went with no surprises. Virginia signed 17 players, including offensive tackle Morgan Moses. Moses might be the first eight-star recruit in Virginia's history, considering he's twice signed with the team as a four-star recruit. Here are...

By Zach Berman  |  February 3, 2010; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cavaliers signing day: 5 years later

With all the attention on signing day, it's interesting to look back five years and see how that class panned out. It's fair to say that class was a success. Four players from the 2005 class have already made the...

By Zach Berman  |  February 3, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Virginia vs. North Carolina State preview

Virginia vs. North Carolina State When: 7 p.m. Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville. Television: ESPNU. Radio: WTNT (570 AM). Records: Cavaliers 13-6, 4-2 ACC: Wolfpack 14-8, 2-5. We meet again: Virginia's two opponents this week are teams it already...

By Zach Berman  |  February 3, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Football: Signing day preview

Note: A full recap of Virginia’s signing day will be available following Coach Mike London’s 4 p.m. news conference, followed with position-by-position breakdowns in the coming days. What to expect: Expect Virginia to sign around 17 players, four of whom...

By Zach Berman  |  February 3, 2010; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Wednesday links

It's a busy day for Virginia athletics, and therefore for Cavaliers Journal. Mike London addresses the recruiting class at 4 p.m., and we'll have all the coverage from London and in the next few days about players that sign. At...

By Zach Berman  |  February 3, 2010; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Football: Virginia officially hires Wachenheim as TE Coach

Virginia completed its coaching staff Tuesday by hiring Scott Wachenheim as tight ends coach. Wachenheim most recently served the same role with the Washington Redskins, following 27 years of collegiate coaching at Colorado, Arkansas, Rice and Liberty. "I had met...

By Zach Berman  |  February 2, 2010; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Baseball: Virginia opens practice with high expectations

Last Thursday marked the first official day of practice for Virginia's baseball team, which enters the season ranked as high as No. 2 in preseason polls. This is unprecedented territory for the Cavaliers, serving both as a testament to the...

By Zach Berman  |  February 2, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Baker was available vs. Va. Tech

Virginia senior guard Calvin Baker did not play against Virginia Tech last Thursday even though he was available. He played 18 minutes against North Carolina on Sunday night. This discrepancy could lead a curious mind to wonder whether last Thursday's...

By Zach Berman  |  February 2, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Meyinsse's screens often overlooked

While speaking with Virginia center Jerome Meyinsse by his locker in Smith Center after Sunday's win over North Carolina, it was impossible to miss Virginia guard Sylven Landesberg surrounded by reporters in the center of the room. Landesberg, after all,...

By Zach Berman  |  February 2, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tuesday links

Excitement remains about Virginia's win over North Carolina on Sunday. Virginia's team effort is earning praise. Students are confident with Tony Bennett on the sideline. Despite the win, North Carolina is not the same North Carolina. That has caused the...

By Zach Berman  |  February 2, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Landesberg named ACC player of the week

The headline says it all. The ACC named Sylven Landesberg player of the week for the second time this season. Sunday's win over North Carolina was a big reason. Here's the school's release: Virginia sophomore guard Sylven Landesberg was named...

By Zach Berman  |  February 1, 2010; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Baker back in the rotation

Calvin Baker played 18 minutes on Sunday and eared the praise of Coach Tony Bennett. This is especially notable because Baker did not play the last two games, and did not travel to last Saturday's game against Wake Forest because...

By Zach Berman  |  February 1, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Landesberg's big night

Before Sunday's win over North Carolina, Sylven Landesberg's teammates joked with him that Smith Center is almost like college basketball's Madison Square Garden. Those words carry weight with Virginia's star sophomore, a native New Yorker who is proud of his...

By Zach Berman  |  February 1, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday links

A big night in Chapel Hill, N.C., was the biggest win in the careers of many of Virginia's players. The Cavaliers displayed maturity in the win -- especially late in the game. The team's focus was evident in the players'...

By Zach Berman  |  February 1, 2010; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia 75, North Carolina 60

Much to come on Monday and Tuesday about what some Virginia players rated among the biggest win of their careers. As always, I'm curious to hear your thoughts. Please leave comments below or e-mail me at bermanz@washpost.com. Here are some...

By Zach Berman  |  January 31, 2010; 10:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Halftime Update: Virginia 35, North Carolina 30

Virginia came to play tonight -- give the Cavaliers that much. Still an entire half remaining, but credit the Cavaliers for responding after Thursday's loss. Some quick notes before stats... - Sylven Landesberg's career-high in a first half is 17...

By Zach Berman  |  January 31, 2010; 8:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Live from the Dean Dome...

...Or the Smith Center, or whatever you'd like to call it. Snow in the region means empty seats, which you don't expect from a team that is the defending national champs. Surely, North Carolina fans would like some of those...

By Zach Berman  |  January 31, 2010; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sunday links

Hope everyone is safe and warm after the weekend snowstorm. I'm i Chapel Hill, N.C. for tonight's game; here are some links to prepare you... Virginia tries to quickly forget Thursday night, with some travel adjustments in between. Tony Bennett...

By Zach Berman  |  January 31, 2010; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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