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Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 12/28/2010

Tony Bennett hopeful Will Sherrill will play Thursday

By Steve Yanda

Virginia Coach Tony Bennett said Tuesday that he's hopeful senior forward Will Sherrill will be healthy enough to play Thursday when the Cavaliers host Iowa State at John Paul Jones Arena. Sherrill has missed the past five games while recovering from a fractured fibula in his right leg that he suffered Nov. 29 at Minnesota.

The team did not begin practice until around 9 p.m. Monday after several players had trouble getting back to campus due to weather conditions. Bennett said Sherrill was limited in practice Monday and that how Sherrill's leg responds during today's workout will reveal a lot about his availability for Thursday night's game.

"You could see he wasn’t himself (Monday) in terms of moving around and all that," Bennett said of Sherrill. "But he did more than he obviously had up to that point ... If he can respond well and keep upping the intensity, I would hope that he would be available to play at least to some extent in this game coming up. But it’s all how he responds to the practices."

Bennett said senior forward Mike Scott, who returned to game action less than a week after undergoing arthroscopic ankle surgery Dec. 16, is not yet at full strength, either. Scott tallied 12 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench during Virginia's 59-53 loss Dec. 22 to Seattle.

Scott's ankle did not swell after the Seattle game, though Bennett did notice the player favor the ankle throughout the contest. Scott's ankle responded well in the days that followed the loss, according to Bennett, who hopes the player will be closer to 100 percent against Iowa State. Scott leads the Cavaliers in scoring (15.9 ppg) and rebounding (10.2 rpg).

By Steve Yanda  | December 28, 2010; 11:10 AM ET
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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 | December 31, 2010 3:03 AM | Report abuse

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