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 success in the ACC depends on “who you play, when you play and where you play.”
In other words, no two games are created equally. A team on a Saturday-Monday turnaround responds differently than a team with four days' rest. A trip from Charlottesville to Blacksburg is different than a trip from Boston to Miami. A road game is different in early January when school is out of session and students are not on campus than one at Cameron Indoor Stadium in February when the Cameron Crazies have camped out overnight.
Why is this relevant to Virginia? Because a scheduling quirk might work in the Cavaliers’ favor on Saturday at Wake Forest.
The Cavaliers originally had this week off – a basketball version of a “bye week” – although the UNC Wilmington game, snowed out in December, was rescheduled for Monday. Wake Forest has already played twice this week – once at Duke, once at North Carolina.
So Virginia will have had four days between games – and six days between ACC games – while the Demon Deacons played the two teams predicted to finish No. 1 in the ACC preseason poll on the road in the same span. This is not lost on Wake Forest Coach Dino Gaudio, who emphasized that he’s not complaining about the scheduling but that he wants to see the schedule feature “game integrity.”
“I’m not as upset about having to go to Duke, and having to go to Carolina. That’s part of it,” Gaudio said. "And it turns in our favor toward the end of year, but it shouldn’t be that way for Wake Forest, either. We play Virginia on Saturday. We played at Duke on Sunday, at Chapel Hill on Wednesday and Virginia on Saturday. And I’m fine. Now, when you look at U-Va.’s schedule, I think they played last Saturday and play us this Saturday with whatever that is, eight days in between.
“If the [rescheduled game] was not the case, then that doesn’t make sense to me that we play three games in seven days and they have eight days off. I think it happens to us when we play Carolina the next time, but it shouldn’t happen to anybody. It shouldn’t happen to anybody.”
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