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Mike Scott's struggles hurt the Cavaliers

It's a given that players have bad games, but it's hard to find a game in Virginia forward Mike Scott's career that was worse than the one Scott experienced in Tuesday's loss to Miami.

Scott missed all seven of his field goal attempts. He grabbed only three rebounds. Miami dominated the Cavaliers in the paint, and it got to the point when Coach Tony Bennett kept Virginia's second-best player on the bench for a good chunk of the game. Scott played only 22 minutes.

"He was not in sync tonight at all," Bennett said.

Opponents have noticed Virginia's undermanned front line and have tried to exploit it. Miami Coach Frank Haith praised his interior players after the game, and though he admitted Scott had an off night, Haith said Miami forward Julian Gamble had much to do with it.

Virginia adds two big men with its recruiting class next season, including forward James Johnson, who should have an immediate effect. Bennett has also given center Assane Sene more playing time of late, trying to see what the sophomore 7-footer can give to the team both this season and the future.

Still, Virginia needs more from Scott. Sene echoed what Bennett said after the game when he admitted that Virginia does not have significant talent, and cannot have off nights from its top players if it expects to win.

"When one or two of our key guys are off, it's hard for us to overcome that," Bennett said. "As I've said before, there are some limitations and we're trying to make the most of it."

By Zach Berman  |  February 24, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
 
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