Virginia handled Virginia Tech 65-45 on Saturday, improving to 6-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time in over 30 years. The Cavaliers held the Hokies to a 17-point first half as well, limiting Tech to a dismal 33% shooting.
For the first 10 minutes of the first half, the Hokies kept the game within reach. Virginia responded by jump-starting their offense and going on a 21-6 run to end the first half. UVa’s defense suffocated the Hokies offense, leading to a seven minute drought without a field goal. The Cavaliers never looked back in the second half with the lead swelling to as many as 23 points. Malcolm Brogdon led the Virginia offense with 18 points and London Perrantes continued his solid performance as the First Year starter at point guard.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Virginia’s start is the fact that they have dominated in all of their wins; at one point in all of their six wins, they led by 20 points or greater. Their dominance is no doubt assisted by the fact that 8-9 guys are getting significant minutes every game, ensuring that everyone is playing at 100%. In addition, the Cavaliers are phenomenal at distributing and taking care of the ball, averaging 16 assists and only 8.66 turnovers in their last three games.
After being at home for the past three games, the Cavaliers travel to South Bend on Tuesday to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and to Pittsburgh on Super Bowl Sunday to attempt to upset the #20 team in the nation.
The Cavaliers sit in 2nd place in the conference, tied with Pittsburgh and behind only undefeated Syracuse. Virginia hosts the Orange on March 1st at John Paul Jones Arena.
By Wayne Fullen, Sports Editor