For all of you who actually went to or listened to the game, I’m sorry. I know it was a win, but trying to put a positive spin on this game would not do the effort justice. A quick glance at the final score shows that the Hoos won 54-44 in a very defensive-minded game. But for the rest of you that know what happened, it was the poorest shooting performance by a Cavalier team since 2005.
The Hoos shot 27.7% for the game and only 4-24 in the second half. Only two Virginia players had a “legit” double digit scoring night: Joe Harris had 14 on 5-for-14 and KT had 13 on 5-for-6. Oh, Mike Scott had 10 points, 13 rebounds, but 8 points came from the line and only made 1 basket from the field, which was within the last 2 minutes. Mu also had 14 points, but 8 also came from the charity stripe and only made 2 shots, both 3 pointers. Sene, Evans, Sammy Z, Billy, and Akil went 0-13 from the floor and combined for 3 points.
Luckily for the Cavs, Radford was just as bad, although they caught fire towards the end of the game and actually outscored Virginia 25-22 in the second half, even though they were held without a point for 13:30. They also fouled the Hoos 20 times sending them to the line to attempt 24 FT. And that was the difference in the game, as the Hoos scored 14 more points from the line.
If this was ANY other team we faced all year, the Hoos would have lost. Even USC Upstate. Even W&M. The only good news is the exam break will give the Hoos 10 days to rebound before a decent Oregon team comes to town.
It’s time for a little soul searching and a lot of practice.