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Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 12/31/2010

Iowa State 60, Virginia 47: Three up, three down

By Steve Yanda

With Virginia's 60-47 loss to Iowa State on Thursday night, the Cavaliers now have dropped consecutive games and have not score more than 60 points in their past three contests.

But the biggest news -- and most discouraging news, if you're a Virginia fan -- to come out of last night's game was that senior forward Mike Scott, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, has suffered a significant setback in his recovery from arthroscopic ankle surgery. Scott did not play Thursday night, and it is unclear when he'll be healthy enough to return to the court.

"It's unfortunate," Coach Tony Bennett told reporters after the game. "I know he's discouraged. Certainly I am. But I think we've just got to really take a good look (at Scott's ankle), and we're certainly not going to put him in harm's way."

Junior guard Sammy Zeglinski, who underwent preseason knee surgery, was limited to 13 minutes off the bench. He has played in six games since returning from the injury. Senior forward Will Sherrill played for the first time since fracturing the fibula in his right leg at Minnesota on Nov. 29. He finished with four points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes.

Three Up:

1) Will Regan. With Scott out and Sherrill not back to full strength, Virginia once again was dealing with a depleted frontcourt. Regan shot 3 for 4 from the field and recorded seven points in 18 minutes off the bench. No, those aren't mind-blowing numbers. But Regan had been struggling, and it was good for him to gather some positive momentum. And besides, he was the only Virginia player Thursday night that made more than half of his shot attempts from the field.

2) Sherrill. After sitting out five games with a leg injury, Sherrill returned and tallied a career-high nine rebounds. In fact, despite being without Scott, the team's leading rebounder, the Cavaliers won the battle of the boards, 38-37.

3) Virginia didn't lose by 43. The game was ugly, but it could have been much worse.

Three Down:

1) Shooting percentages. Since defeating Virginia Tech on the road Dec. 5, the Cavaliers have shot better than 36 percent from the field once in five games. They shot 27.7 percent from the field against Radford, 35.2 percent against Norfolk State, 30.2 percent against Seattle and 32.3 percent against Iowa State. Yikes. Of late, Virginia has not fared any better beyond the three-point arc. The Cavaliers have shot a combined 5 for 44 (11.4 percent) from three-point range in their past two games, including a 3 for 24 performance against Iowa State.

2) Joe Harris. The freshman guard had been one of Virginia's most consistent players not too long ago. But lately, Harris has been stuck in a slump. This was somewhat inevitable, as all freshmen have their struggles. This, apparently, is one of those periods for Harris, who shot 2 for 10 from the field and 0 for 5 from three-point range Thursday. In Virginia's past four games, Harris has shot 28 percent (7 for 25) from the field and made 1 of 12 attempts from three-point range.

3) Offense. Sensing a theme here? For the first time in nearly a decade, Virginia did not have a single player score in double figures. Freshman guard K.T. Harrell led the way with nine points. We mentioned earlier that the Cavaliers have not scored more than 60 points in three straight games. That hadn't previously happened since the 1993-94 season. Virginia scored 15 points in the first half. That marked the lowest point total in a half by a team in John Paul Jones Arena history.

By Steve Yanda  | December 31, 2010; 11:42 AM ET
Categories:  Men's Basketball  
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I'm a diehard Cavalier fan since before Ralph's days at U-hall. This team plays like they have no heart or accuracy. How can a 19,20 year old shoot that poorly after having off for a week? I could have taken a team full of scrubs from back in the day and score more points and been more accurate. No way I would ever miss 21 Three pointers! This young guys today are rattle at the drop of a hat and by the way you can't say anything that might hurt someone's feelings over on the Virginia message boards....their administrators will band you if you even think about pointing out how bad they are shooting, or a player is not hustling; next thing you know they get super hyper sensitive and take it personal and kick you off the board.
I can't believe how bad these guys have gotten over the last several games. They are just throwing up tons of bricks...what gives with being rattle so bad?

Harris was shooting the lights out prior to the holiday/school break, but can't hit the bottom of the barrel.

Different era with these kids today then when we were playing ball. We stayed in the gym and we did not like to lose at all! We would hustle if our shot was not falling and make up for it in other areas...not this team...they let the other team blow by them and score at will! I can not remember when Virginia had a team that shot this poorly and just looked completely flat. UVA has had a problem over the last several years with defense, but I thought after the Minn. and VT game we were turning the corner; guess that seems to be a fluke!

These guys should be shooting shots over the next few days until their arms are numb!
They should be embarrassed and ashamed for coming out with that crappy attitude and played like they were content with just showing up!

A team of high school girls could have played more competitive and shot better as well!

Like someone said, Bennett can't shoot for them, but if I were Bennett, I wouldn't let you go until you shot 200 or 300 jump shots in practice....if they are going to play that bad, I would embarrass them by sitting them on the bench and put the walk ons on the floor. There are several that started tonight that need to see the bench. I'd start Mitchell, Harris, Harrell, Sherrill, and Jontel Evans until Mike Scott gets back, then I would start Scott, Sherrill, Harris, Harrel, and Jontel Evans. MF and SZ can come off the bench along with Sene.

Posted by: wcdun1 | January 1, 2011 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Um, no update for yesterday's LSU game?

Posted by: frenchyb | January 3, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

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