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Scouting Virginia (take II)

Let's try this again, shall we? Tonight (hopefully), Maryland will host Virginia at Comcast Center. This game, as most of you are aware, was supposed to take place last Wednesday, but then the D.C. region got punched in the gut with a second round of blizzardy precipitation and the contest got postponed to tonight.

To review, the game starts at 8 p.m. and will be shown live on

As for a scouting review on the Cavaliers, you can find that here. Obviously, the stats have changed slightly since they were published last week seeing as Virginia played at Virginia Tech on Saturday, but they are more or less the same. And if you're in the mood for a look into Virginia's pack-line defense, click here.

For a more insightful look into Virginia's need for a third scoring option, click here to check out a story from over the weekend by my talented colleague Zach Berman.

On Sunday, Coach Gary Williams was asked for his thoughts on the Cavaliers' somewhat unique style of defense. The pack-line is similar to a traditional man-to-man scheme, but it contains more of a sagging element.

"They do a good job of putting more than one man on the ball," Williams said. "In other words, they'll double once in a while, but at the same time it's very difficult just to get clear inside about the 17-foot area. But, you know, if you can shoot the ball, you'll get looks just like against any other defense. Nobody's invented anything recently that I've seen, and it's your ability to shoot the ball. If they want to sag on defense, you have to go in and shoot the ball. If you don't, then that defense is very effective."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 15, 2010; 8:04 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Watching the Duke game was tough, tired ofseegin the Terps go into a place like Duke, you know what is expected, you know if you don't bring your A game it is over, YET, we go in there, amke Zoubek look like the 2nd coming of Shaq and we look overmatched....guys not hitting open shots, NOT defending, and for godsake, how many times does a Terp need to realize when you play Duke, they take charges before they play physical defense, MOSLEY....pull up for a short jumper rather than THINK "I can get to the rim" - NOPE - Charging fould called.....also, GV, Shrear owned you at Duke, you decided to play def. in the last 3 minutes BUT it was too late (even then Shrear owned you) - jsut play def...make the best player avg., like they make you look at times! IT is that lack of 100% all the time attitude that makes players like you avg. and is some kind of troubled play your generation LOVES to do..."ya I'm great (when I want to be), BUT I will take a rest or let someone get into my head and my game is now avg. again" - GV you are a great "teaching tool" for my 13yr old son, I show him your games, rewind plays effort, etc. and state the obvious, GV is avg. here, dump play there, GV is playing into the hands of the competition - he is NOT mentally tough enough to sustain such high level of play -THAT is the problem, I would take a mentally tough player 100x before taking a GV type player - you are great sometimes, BUT not all the time! enough said!

Terps need to beat the Caves and beat them soundly.

If the 2 games of "we are not that type of team", the Terps need to play with more passion and don't let a dry spells mean the whole game, these players are more experienced than most teams in the country, they should act like it.....also, playing better in late Feb/MArch says more about a team than playing weel in Jan and early I would take the latter - Go Terps kick Cavs buttttts

Posted by: talbottj | February 15, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

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