Friday, March 1, 2013

HellUVa Week for Virginia Sports

Last night UVa earned a marquee win over #3 Duke 73-68 on national TV essentially clinching a spot in the big dance. Here are some of the key stats:
  • The last time the Cavaliers beat a top 5 team was exactly 11 years ago, against #3 Duke.
  • Duke never had the lead.
  • The Blue Devils only had one offensive rebound after averaging 10 for the season.
  • Joe Harris had a career high 36 points, the most for any player against Duke since 2006, and the most in the ACC this season.
  • Harris is now 2nd in the ACC in scoring, 3rd in FG%, 3rd in 3PT FG%, and 4th in FT%, and is in consideration for ACC Player of the Year and has his own Twitter feed pushing for it
  • This picture is in consideration for picture of the year as well.
  • Akil Mitchell also had a great game with 19 points (2nd highest this year) and 12 rebounds (2nd highest as well).
  • UVA is now 10-5 in the ACC, with 4 top 50 RPI wins, greatly improving their NCAA tournament selection chances.
Meanwhile Virginia’s men’s spring sports are undefeated so far.  #19 Baseball has started off 8-0 with a combined score of 84-19. #1 Tennis is 6-0, including the Indoor Championship against arch-rival USC.  #6 Lacrosse is 4-0, scoring a combined 62-34, with a huge matchup tonight against Syracuse. Not to be outdone, the Football team got a big boost, when they got a commitment from the #4 ranked recruit in the country as well.  Not to put too much stock in these things, but from 2002-2008 29 of the 35 top 5 rated recruits went on to become NFL starters.

Great week to be a Wahoo Fan!

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