Men's Basketball: Three keys to victory
All of this will be examined in more detail in separate posts, but here were the three keys in Virginia's win over No. 20 Georgia Tech:
1) Versatility of playing style -- Virginia's two ACC wins have featured two different styles. On Saturday, the Cavaliers played four guards and kept the game slow. Trailing by 10 points in the second half, Virginia did not even push up the pace. Instead, it used defense to capture the lead. On Wednesday, the Cavaliers changed the lineup and kept two big men on the court throughout the game. Bennett allowed his players to continue in transition, specifically with guard Mustapha Farrakhan becoming an important option.
2) Meyinsse's toughness -- For three season, Jerome Meyinsse has had a hard time coming off the bench. Now a senior playing for a new coach, Meyinsse showed toughness that the Cavaliers have not displayed on the interior. He forced Georgia Tech's interior players -- particularly on the glass -- and established himself as a player the Cavaliers could rely upon.
3) Free-throw shooting -- For the second consecutive game, Virginia was terrific from the free-throw line. The Cavaliers were 23 of 26 on Wednesday. They were 19 of 20 on Saturday. That's 42 of 46 in two games. The opponents' combined free-throw shooting in both games? Nineteen of 37. That's 91 percent to 51 percent, and that's how you win close games.
January 14, 2010; 10:37 AM ET
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