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 ESPN360.com.
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."
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