Experience Helps Guide Virginia Basketball’s Success

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Virginia is 11-0 in the ACC this season.
Devon Hall celebrates a four-point play for fellow senior Isaiah Wilkins. ~ Kris Wright

Following a question about redshirting on Monday’s ACC teleconference, Virginia basketball coach Tony Bennett included a simple axiom in his answer: there’s no substitute for experience. That’s certainly true for Bennett’s program where year after year, seniors rise to the forefront of successful basketball teams.

Over the last seven seasons, Virginia has won 22 games or more each year. That includes this season’s 22-1 mark as the No. 2 Cavaliers prepare for a trip to Florida State on Wednesday. Over that same time period, the Hoos have made the NCAA Tournament five times in six years, a statistic that will reach six times in seven years in a few weeks. The only miss came in 2012-13 when UVA was left on the wrong side of the bubble and made a run to the NIT Quarterfinals instead. The Hoos have won an NCAA Tournament game in each of the last four seasons to reach the second round.

Virginia has won two ACC Regular Season Championships and the 2014 ACC Tournament in there too. Over the past six seasons, the program owns a 47-4 record at home in ACC play and an league-leading 31-19 ACC road record too.

At the center of many of those teams have been productive seniors. The NCAA Tournament teams stack up well in the lists below.

2011-2012

Mike Scott

  • Per 40 minutes
    23.0 points, 10.6 rebounds,
  • Per 100 possessions
    37.7 points, 17.4 rebounds, offensive rating – 118.4, defensive rating – 87.4

Sammy Zeglinski

  • Per 40 minutes
    10.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.9 steals
  • Per 100 possessions
    17.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 3.2 steals

2013-2014

Joe Harris

  • Per 40 minutes
    16.6 points 4.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists
  • Per 100 possessions
    27.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists, offensive rating – 116.0, defensive rating – 94.7

Akil Mitchell

  • Per 40 minutes
    10.5 points, 10.9 rebounds
  • Per 100 possessions
    17.4 points, 18.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, offensive rating – 105.9, defensive rating – 88.2

2014-2015

Darion Atkins

  • Per 40 minutes
    12.8 points, 10.0 rebounds
  • Per 100 possessions
    21.8 points, 17.0 rebounds, offensive rating – 106.6, defensive rating – 83.6

2015-2016

Malcolm Brogdon

  • Per 40 minutes
    21.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists
  • Per 100 possessions
    34.7 points, 5.9 assists, 7.7 rebounds, offensive rating – 122.3, defensive rating – 99.9

Anthony Gill

  • Per 40 minutes
    19.6 points, 8.8 rebounds
  • Per 100 possessions
    31.9 points, 14.2 rebounds, offensive rating – 126.7, defensive rating – 97.7

Mike Tobey

  • Per 40 minutes
    18.7 points, 11.1 rebounds,
  • Per 100 possessions
    30.3 points, 18.0 rebounds, offensive rating – 121.1, defensive rating – 95.2

Evan Nolte

  • Per 40 minutes
    8.6 points
  • Per 100 possessions
    13.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, offensive rating – 99.5, defensive rating – 100.7

2016-2017

London Perrantes

  • Per 40 minutes
    15.8 points, 4.7 assists
  • Per 100 possessions
    26.1 points, 7.8 assists, offensive rating – 111.3, defensive rating – 97.1

2017-2018

Devon Hall

  • Per 40 minutes
    15.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists
  • Per 100 possessions
    25.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 6.6 assists, offensive rating – 128.3, defensive rating – 88.4

Isaiah Wilkins

  • Per 40 minutes
    9.0 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.4 blocked shots
  • Per 100 possessions
    14.5 points, 16.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 4.0 blocked shots, offensive rating – 114.8, defensive rating – 78.9
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  1. That is NUTS! Devon is having better rates his senior year than Anthony Gill offensively and Darion Atkins defensively?!?

    Partial season I know BUT NOT BY MUCH!

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