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Sammy Zeglinski finally finds his shot

Between Sylven Landesberg's suspension and Tony Bennett's technical foul, it's easy to forget that Virginia actually played well in Saturday's loss to Maryland for the first time in almost a month. One of the reasons was because guard Sammy Zeglinski broke a major slump.

Zeglinski scored 14 points in 30 minutes, including 4 of 8 from three-point range. He also had six rebounds and three assists and appeared like the player he was earlier in the season, when Bennett played Zeglinski more than anyone on the team except Landesberg.

Bennett and Zeglinski spoke before the game about Zeglinski's struggles, and how he was overthinking the situation.

"Just go out there and shoot confidently," Zeglinski said Bennett told him. "Because if I go out there and think, make sure I follow through and hold my shot, it's too many thoughts. He just said, 'Go out there and shoot the ball like you know how and be confident.' I just went out there and tried to play free. If I'm not thinking, just shoot when I'm in rhythm."

Zeglinski said he's not entirely back -- it takes more than one game after a 7 for 39 (17.9 percent) slump from three-point range since February started -- but he finally has a game to build off of heading into the ACC tournament.

"That was a really long slump for me," Zeglinski said. "I put in a lot of work, so I hope it pays off."

By Zach Berman  |  March 9, 2010; 12:55 PM ET
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