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Mike Scott's scoring struggles remain a mystery

In the past two games, Mike Scott has played 34 minutes. He has attempted 13 field goals. And he's scored zero points.

Virginia was losing by double-digit margins even while Scott had good games, but his recent disappearance has befuddled both Scott and Coach Tony Bennett. There remains no explanation other than the shots fail to drop.

"There's not much to say," Scott said. "I just can't buy a basket. It's like a lid up there. I don't know what it is."

Scott is Virginia's No. 2 scorer, and when he plays well, Virginia has an inside-outside presence between along with Sylven Landesberg. With Landesberg hurt Sunday against Duke and Scott nearly invisible, Virginia struggled to find any scoring.

Scott's problems confuse Bennett, who both directly and indirectly has called for more production from the junior forward.

"I don't know what to tell you," Bennett said. "I just didn't see it from Mike in this game."

When asked if he felt Scott has received good shot attempts, Bennett said Scott "got some good looks." Scott continues trying to hit outside shots, although those tend to have just as much success as when he bangs inside.

These are lapses that are common for younger players, but Scott has started parts of three seasons. He had a similarly cold stretch last season, and former Coach Dave Leitao had just as many answers for the lack of production as Bennett can currently provide.

"He just wasn't himself the last couple games," Bennett said.

By Zach Berman  |  March 2, 2010; 10:57 AM ET
 
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