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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 chunk of the first half -- it's fair to wonder whether the eight games before Saturday were merely a surging team, or whether Saturday was simply a forgettable afternoon.

The question comes not from the fact that Virginia lost, but the way the team played in the loss. Wake Forest made 52.3 percent of its field goals, which is a sign that the Cavaliers' defense is far from the level Bennett desires. The offense -- and especially shooting efficiency that has propelled the Cavaliers -- was nowhere to bound. Virginia finished 23.8 percent from three-point line and 50 percent from the free-throw line.

Mustapha Farrakhan and Sammy Zeglinski missed a combined five free throws. Jeff Jones missed four three-pointers. There are players that are usually reliable.

"Just everything, we couldn't knock down shots," Zeglinski said. "When we have a night like that, our defense usually keeps us in. We weren't great on defense, so couple that with bad shooting and on the road in the ACC, it's going to be hard to win."

By Zach Berman  |  January 25, 2010; 10:48 AM ET
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