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Cavaliers Journal: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

HALFTIME: Clemson 41, Virginia 22

...Another 19-point deficit for Virginia. Simply said, this is not a particularly good basketball team. Thoroughly said, the Cavaliers struggle on every offensive possession. Sylven Landesberg is the lone player who can create his own shot. Mike Scott shows flashes,...

By Zach Berman  |  February 20, 2010; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Live from Littlejohn...

...And not the deli on The Corner. Nope, this is from Littlejohn Coliseum, where Virginia tries to break its four-game losing streak at Clemson. We're minutes from game time. Big game for both teams. Some quick notes... - Today's officials,...

By Zach Berman  |  February 20, 2010; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Heavy week of travel provides academic challenges for Cavs

At the beginning of each semester, a comprehensive academic support plan is put in place for the Virginia men’s basketball players. The schedule comes out months ahead of time, so the players know the schedule and days spent traveling. Even...

By Zach Berman  |  February 19, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Calvin Baker to call a players' meeting

Maybe it already occurred, or maybe it's about to occur. Either way, Virginia guard Calvin Baker said after Wednesday's loss to Florida State that he planned to call a players' meeting to discuss the team's current woes. "Someone's going to...

By Zach Berman  |  February 19, 2010; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia baseball begins, Bennett with long-term visions for basketball

Virginia baseball begins this weekend seeking another visit to the College World Series. The expectations have never been higher now that the Cavaliers are viewed as a national contender. In basketball, Tony Bennett has long-term visions in mind. Tristan Spurlock...

By Zach Berman  |  February 19, 2010; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Finally with a losing ACC record, Virginia closer to reality

If Virginia fans were told at the start of the season that the Cavaliers would have five wins through 11 ACC games, it's probably a deal they would have taken. Considering Virginia was picked to finish 11th of 12 ACC...

By Zach Berman  |  February 18, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sylven Landesberg's second-half absence

Virginia trailed Florida State by 16 points with 14 minutes 27 seconds remaining in Wednesday's loss when Coach Tony Bennett took star guard Sylven Landesberg out of the lineup. Landesberg is the Cavaliers' top scorer, although he was amid a...

By Zach Berman  |  February 18, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Spurlock on future: 'I'll take everything year-by-year'

Tony Bennett’s first major victory at Virginia was convincing heralded recruit Tristan Spurlock to maintain his commitment to U-Va. after the offseason coaching change. But Spurlock’s lack of playing time this season has caused speculation about whether Bennett must now...

By Zach Berman  |  February 18, 2010; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Virginia gets booed, no sign of progress for Cavaliers

In Virginia's second-consecutive 19-point loss, Tony Bennett's team received its first boos of the season from the home crowd. It appears the honeymoon is now finished. There are many reasons why the Cavaliers lost, but the losing streak is all...

By Zach Berman  |  February 18, 2010; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Halftime: Florida State 33, Virginia 24

An ugly first half for both teams, but a crippling one for Virginia as it needed momentum after Monday's loss to Maryland. Jeff Jones added a jolt to the offense, but Calvin Baker's influence in the lineup was not as...

By Zach Berman  |  February 17, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Live from John Paul Jones Arena...

Minutes until tip-off, here's some news... - Look for a major change to Virginia's starting lineup. It appears Jeff Jones and Calvin Baker will start in place of Sammy Zeglinski and Jontel Evans. The front court remains the same. -...

By Zach Berman  |  February 17, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia's NCAA tournament chances...

Washington Post bracketologist Eric Prisbell examined Virginia's NCAA tournament chances on his blog, The 65. Needless to say, it's not promising. Included in Prisbell's outlook: "They need to string together several victories in a row, starting tonight, but that is...

By Zach Berman  |  February 17, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia vs. Florida State preview

Virginia vs. Florida State When: 7 p.m. Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville. TV: ESPNU. Radio: WTNT (570 AM). Records: Cavaliers 14-9, 5-5 ACC; Seminoles 18-7, 6-5. Avoiding a losing record: Virginia Coach Tony Bennett did not publicly raise his...

By Zach Berman  |  February 17, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia basketball seeks improvement, baseball tries new lineup

As Virginia men's basketball returns to the court on Wednesday, the Cavaliers must avenge a three-game losing streak and an especially poor showing against Maryland on Monday. The defense must stop Florida State in the paint, where the Seminoles feature...

By Zach Berman  |  February 17, 2010; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Jack Shields finished playing football

Virginia center Jack Shields will not return for his fifth season, according to a report on Virginia's official athletic Web site. A two-year starter for the Cavaliers, Shields would have been one of four returning starters on Virginia's offensive line....

By Zach Berman  |  February 16, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Zeglinski's struggles hurting Virginia's offense

The question has been asked during the past two weeks: What happened to Virginia guard Sammy Zeglinski? ...And don't say it's The Washington Post jinx after a feature story on Zeglinski on Saturday. That story ran early in a Zeglinski...

By Zach Berman  |  February 16, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia's lack of effort trumps the strategic miscues

No matter whether Virginia has won or lost this season, the one constant remained the team's workmanlike ethos. The Cavaliers are not always aesthetically pleasing and seldom more talented than their opponent (at least in the ACC), but they've played...

By Zach Berman  |  February 16, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dissecting Virginia's inability to defend Greivis Vasquez

In Monday night's loss to Maryland, Virginia tried six players on Terrapins star Greivis Vasquez: Sammy Zeglinski, Mustapha Farrakhan, Calvin Baker (perhaps only for a possession, I need to go back and watch the replay this evening), Jontel Evans, Jeff...

By Zach Berman  |  February 16, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Maryland dominates Virginia, Cavaliers amid 'gut-check' time

Monday was an ugly evening for Virginia, which suffered an 85-66 loss to rival Maryland. Tony Bennett's defense was nowhere to be found. The embarrassing effort made Maryland's Grevis Vasquez appear like Superman. It was the first time this season...

By Zach Berman  |  February 16, 2010; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Halftime: Maryland 52, Virginia 34

As ugly as the score appears above, the game is even uglier in person. Virginia's defense was putrid in the first half. Maryland's 52 points marked the most Virginia has allowed in the first half. Greivis Vasquez already has 25...

By Zach Berman  |  February 15, 2010; 9:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Live at Comcast Center...

Well, this game will finally be played. Some quick notes... - Same starting lineup as usual: Meyinsse, Scott, Evans, Zeglinski, Landesberg - Virginia is wearing the road blues. Maryland is wearing yellow uniforms - Solomon Tat did fully participate in...

By Zach Berman  |  February 15, 2010; 7:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Injuries will not hold any Virginia players out against Maryland

The visitor's locker room following Virginia's loss at Virginia Tech on Saturday appeared more like the aftermath of a football game than a basketball game. At least two Virginia players received stitches, and others were bloodied. Acknowledging the post-game injuries,...

By Zach Berman  |  February 15, 2010; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Poll: Who will become Virginia's third scorer?

Virginia Coach Tony Bennett emphasized the need for a third scorer other than Sylven Landesberg and Mike Scott after Saturday's loss to Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers have a handful of option, but no one has proven to be a consistent...

By Zach Berman  |  February 15, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia ready for quick turnaround from Va. Tech to Maryland

Virginia went from Blacksburg to the Washington area on Saturday night, quickly turning its focus from one of the top teams in the ACC to another top team in the ACC. When the Cavaliers last lost to the Hokies, they...

By Zach Berman  |  February 15, 2010; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia awaits Maryland, must quickly forget Va. Tech

Both Maryland and Virginia find themselves coming off losses on short rest. The Cavaliers are getting used to life in College Park. They'd prefer not to get used to Greivis Vasquez. Finally, Tony Bennett receives recognition from his hometown newspaper....

By Zach Berman  |  February 15, 2010; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia-Va. Tech highlights

For Virginia fans, Saturday's game was easy forgettable. But for those who did not see it -- and those who wish to re-live it -- here are the highlights......

By Zach Berman  |  February 14, 2010; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech tops Virginia, Cavaliers search for third scorer

For the second time this season, Virginia Tech beat Virginia in a close game. This time, it was Hokies forward Jeff Allen who made plays late in the game. For the Cavaliers to match Virginia Tech, they must find a...

By Zach Berman  |  February 14, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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