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Just watched the game. UVA looks like Wisconsin. Although I like IA's chances against a slow-down team, it is an away game. IA will match up well, UVA's tallest player is Tobey, 6'11 freshman who seems to have a little bit of better offensive moves than Woody. They have a bunch of forwards around 6'8" and small guards. I think IA matches up better in height and athleticism but it's an away game. I think IA have matured enough by now to win at UVA at this point. Any other insights? Go Hawks!
It's an away game. We don't play very well away.
As much as I'd like to have them back at Carver so more Hawk fans could attend, this is something that could be very good for the team from a growth standpoint.
Yep...winning a meaningful game on the road.
I have a feeling that they have grown and will win at UVA to get to MSG. Just my hunch or gas, lol.
And I just read that UVA is 20-1 at home. Didn't realize that.
Yep...lone loss was to...Delaware...YIKES!
Completely agree. While this year's team obviously wants to go out strong, I think the best thing about the NIT is the potential long term benefits it can bring to the program. If Iowa can pull out a big game on the road against a quality team to earn a trip to NYC, that could really boost the confidence of the players heading into next season when similar situations arise.
I was actually hoping for an away game. Joe Harris is a player for UVA as well. They are a tough team at home, and a team that really should have been in the tournament if they could have just finished their season a little stronger.
"I was brought in here to change the culture. I'm going to coach with passion" - Fran McCaffery.
Harris vs. Marble, their forward vs. our forwards, big vs. bigs, etc. Almost mirror image of each other but IA likes the uptempo game and have better bodies in the same positions. It is about winning on the road for the Hawks now.
UVA fan here. I'm really looking forward to playing you guys. I like your team a lot and felt like you had a strong case to get into the dance. I expected you guys to take care of business and set up this matchup Wednesday and you did just that. Good luck. I'm sure it'll be a great game.
Could you give us a like a little insight into how your team plays? and who your best players are? It would be greatly appreciated.
Harris is probably their best player. Kid can shoot, seems to be able to finish near the rack, and is tough as nails. Iowa will have their hands full trying to guard him between Marble and White. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw some 1-3-1 or 3-2 zone Wednesday. Though, at the same time I have only watched UVA twice this year and don't know much about the rest of their team so I'll let madbowler answer this.
I think IA should get at least 10 blocks in this game if the defense is clicking on all cylinders. Marble is key on keeping the offensive attacks alive. Gesell should get quality minutes to feed the offense. Whitey should get his usual double double in the off season. McCabe, Josh, and Eric are critical glue guys as usual. Basabe is an important X factor, which I think he'll be pump up since he wants to home to NY. Go Hawks!
Harris is clearly our best player. As UI2015 says, he does a bit of everything. Can shoot from outside, midrange, and finish in the paint. He seems to play much bigger, quicker, and stronger than he appears. He's struggled to take over game the past couple of weeks against Maryland, Norfolk St, and today against St. Johns. He didn't really have "bad" games (like he did against NCSU in the ACCT), but he has struggle to make an impact against those teams' zones. He's an absolute nightmare against a man to man, as he is amazing at moving without the ball and creating separation. If you guys are comfortable playing zone, I think it'd be wise. We don't see zones much in league play, though we have see it recently.
Akil Mitchell is our other go to guy. He was a nobody out of HS who has turned himself into an All ACC player. Very quick and athletic, especially on D. He's had to guard just about every type of player, from athletic wing men to bulky centers. It was a joke that he didn't make the ACC All Defensive team. Still a very capable offensive player. Won't do much outside other than an occasional elbow jumper, but he's good with his little right hand hook and tends to get a number of easy slams (I'm pretty sure he's dunked in every game this year).
Those two are our only consistent contributors. Other than that, it's a question of who's hot or who has a favorable matchup. Jontel Evans is our Senior PG. He's a bulldog on D- quick and strong. However, he's not a threat to shoot whatsoever. The only thing you'll see him do on O is drive to the basket. He's quick enough that he can get to the rim, but the defenses know it's coming (since he can't shoot) so he always has to make contested shots. He makes a good amount of them, but still, he rarely gets easy ones. The only other non-freshman that plays is Paul Jesperson. He starts because he's got a better grasp on Bennett's defensive system than anyone else. He's a very good defender, but doesn't do a ton on offense. He can be a good shooter, but he's been a bit off lately. Other than him, we've got a bunch of young talent.
Justin Anderson was our big recruit from the 2012 class. He was probably the most athletic member of the 2012 HS Class. He can jump out of the gym and has a body like an NFL TE. When we had some injuries, he was forced to play a bit of PF, but he's back at his normal SF spot. On offense, he can get to the rim, hit midrange jumpers, and will knock it down from 3 if you leave him open. On defense, depending on the matchup, he can really be a lockdown type of guy. His biggest asset on D is his ability to block the ball. Your guys will have to be aware of where he is on the floor, because if he's anywhere near the shooter, he's gonna get a piece. Still, he's a freshman and can have a huge night one game, and disappear the next. He seems to be playing really well lately though. Also, he's just about the most energetic guy you'll see. He's one of the biggest reasons why we've been so good at home. The crowd feeds off of his energy.
Mike Tobey is another (6'11) freshman who has really impressed. He's still a bit too weak and inexperienced on defense to earn a starting spot, but he's a guy most of us feel could end up leaving early for the NBA, either after his sophomore or junior year. He scores the ball in a bunch of different ways. He's pretty much just as good with his right as he is with his left. He can also step out and his some longer jumpers and threes. He got mono during conference play, but he seems to be back to form. Like Anderson, though, he can be a bit inconsistent. He could play 30 minutes and go for 17pts or he could play 10 and score 4. Hard to tell which Tobey will show up, but when he's feeling it, he tends to score at will.
Those are really the only big contributors, though we'll also play Evan Nolte, 6'8 freshman wing who played great early on but has struggled lately, Teven Jones, athletic freshman PG who will spell Evans for a bit...has knocked down some 3's recently, and Taylor Barnette, who is basically a 3pt specialist.
As a team, we obviously play at a very slow tempo. Our defense (the "pack line") is built around stopping penetration into the lane. We hedge screens aggressively and often double team the post to force turnovers. We kind of bait the offense into thinking that someone is wide open, when in fact we've rotated over quickly. On offense, we're a lot better against man than zone. We rely on a lot of off ball movement and screens, so we're a bit uncomfortable against zone, though we've faced it a bunch recently.
Can't think of anything else, but if you've got other questions just let me know. Ironically enough, if you guys beat us Wednesday then our only two home losses will have been to prevent a trip to play at MSG. We lost to Delaware at home in the Preseason NIT, though that was completely because of injuries.
Back at ya.
Wish we were allowed to make similar posts like yours on the Wahoo site, but apparently you discourage it by not allowing posting privileges to unregistered Cav fans. Too bad.
Thanks for the breakdown madbowler. Sounds like it should be a tough fought game as Iowa will play a lot of zone defense when necessary and Iowa has had some shooting woes this season. I don't expect to win the game, but hope for growth from the past road games and to show some heart and keep this thing down to the end of the game. Wouldn't mind a rematch next year in IC during the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, it sounds like you have a good foundation at UVA.
Great breakdown Madbowler. Thanks for that. Should be a good game Wednesday.
Excellent breakdown. IA's offense is the main hump on the road. As mentioned earlier, I think IA will match up very well defensively but if they don't make shots the road woes will be their doom. I believe Marble has gotten over it with his minislump near the end of conference play. Marble, White, and Basabe should be enough for the road victory while maintaining their strongest asset of the year: defense.
So is Virginia comparable to Wisconsin? Cause were usually really good against Wisky.
Agree with Todd, here. At this point, this group needs a challenge like this. Having played at Michigan, at Indiana, at Wisconsin, at Northwestern, etc this year, the group should have learned about what they need to do in a hostile environment. There are some experienced guys who should welcome this challenge. And the road game experience is only going to benefit the squad in coming years.
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Great stuff here - thanks for sharing your insights!
Like Tomax and Xamot.
We play similar styles. You probably know this, Tony Bennett's father, Dick, basically built the UW program. Dick Bennett's pack line defense is what Tony has here at UVA. I'm not sure how different Bo's system is, but I'd imagine it's similar. I know that both programs value taking care of the basketball and playing hard defense over everything else. Wisconsin's defense was better this year, but we're much more athletic and have a bit more weapons on offense. Now, they had a bunch more experience and didn't really have to deal with the injuries we had, which is why they had a better season than we did (even though we took it to them at the Kohl Center in basically the only game we were truly healthy). I think UW really suffered from a lack of athleticism and scorers in their game against Ole Miss. We gave them fits with our quick forwards, especially on the glass and around the rim.
Wisconsin is grooming what seems to be a great player soon in Dekker though, so maybe he can take some of the pressure off the rest of the guys, but I'd agree. Bo Ryan has done a great job at teaching his players fundamentals and defense in order to overcome the struggle of bringing star studded scorers to Wisconsin. While Wisconsin has been consistent lately, I think it's still tough to get those type of scorers to play there. Especially with Ryan's style of play offensively.
From the sounds of it, Virginia had less than 5000 fans in attendance at their 2nd round game. Wow. Unless they really decide to come out for the quarter final game, it doesn't sound like it will be too hostile of an environment.
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