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A few takeaways from last night.

(1) I was very happy to see more Blocker-Mover and less 4-around-1 motion. The motion offense requires players to win off the bounce with some threat to score in the paint, and we simply do not have guys who can do that. The structure of the Blocker-Mover limits UVA's turnovers and lets the Hoos dictate tempo. 4-around-1 too often leads to a guard in the paint not looking to shoot, but with no simple pass to the perimeter. Live ball turnovers from that have been a real killer. The Blocker/Mover is a better fit for this team, even if that offense limits Jay's attempts from 3.

(2) I really liked how we could alternate Murphy and Hauser as the Mover. With our typical front-court (Huff/Hauser/Murphy) we have the option of choosing which defender we want to force to chase around screens by using either Murphy or Hauser as the Mover. Nice wrinkle to keep some versatility even with a more stodgy offense. If your movers are Clark, Woldo, and Hauser/Murphy that's not a bad place to start. And then if a team starts switching 1-4, we can get Hauser on a guard in the left side post for an easy look. If a team switches 1-5, then Huff can cook on the right block. This offense actually made sense last night, and I loved it.

(3) The wrinkle of adding a pop-out option for Jay to shoot a wing 3 out of the traditional "sides" set in B-M was a nice touch. I'm sure we've run that before, but just when the opponent's bigs get a bit lazy watching the guards run around screens, Jay can pop out to the wing for a quick open look. Nicely done. (Actually, after thinking some more, I'm pretty sure we ran this set a good bit with Hunter as a big... use the Mover [Guy] to set a side screen for the Blocker to free him on the wing. This was the set for the shot v. TTU that took the lead in OT).

(4) Justin McKoy is in the rotation to stay. Loved his energy, his effort, and his motor. Bennett loves to say "blue collar, not blue blood." McKoy personifies that.

(5) Trey Murphy wasn't quite himself shooting, but I **loved** his effort and intensity on defense. His mind is still catching up on that end, but he was really attacking his close-outs, attacking the defensive glass, and chasing loose balls. He played with a chip on his shoulder, and I loved that. He is a special prospect and I'm still buying his stock.

(6) Reece Beekman is a very, very good on-ball defender. He has emerged as this team's "fire blanket" in the way that Brogdon or Hunter could be utilized in years past. Other team has a wing get hot? Throw the fire blanket on him. Beekman is going to be a special defensive player, and if he develops some offensive game to go with that he is going to be a really, really good college player.

(7) Sam Hauser is special. I really wish I could have watched some games in-person this year. He is a prototypical shooter in that he never stops moving on offense, but he adds a mid-post element that our past snipers (Guy/Harris) could not have due to their size. It is pretty rare for a "sit one, play one" transfer to be worth it, but holy smokes this guy is worth it. Every bit as good as advertised.

(8) I loved that we started 2H without Clark or Huff. We needed a lift, and playing the guys who were bringing energy (specifically McKoy and Beekman) was the way to go. Really brought a spark to the team.

I'm still not sure just how good this team is. Games like last night - particularly the close 4m of 1H and the full run of 2H - make me think that this is a Sweet 16 team. When UVA controls the tempo and limits turnovers it can beat almost anyone in the country (almost because Zags, Baylor, and Michigan are a cut above the field). When we commit live-ball turnovers and give the other team transition opportunities, we can get beat by literally any team in the NCAAT bracket. I hope that we continue to run Blocker-Mover as the primary offense with small doses of 4-out Motion as a change-up. It might not be the best thing for this group on offense because it limits Jay's looks from the top of the key, but it is ABSOLUTELY the best offensive set to help this team avoid lapses in transition defense. With as shaky as we can be in half-court D, this team must limit transition effectively to post a decent defensive rating. B-M permits itself to that approach.

I think UVA will beat Louisville in a weirdly comfortable fashion (6-10 points), and we will enter the ACCT as the #2 seed but still with no idea what to expect when we roll out the ball next Thursday night, likely against an ACC team at the 7-seed that desperately needs a win over UVA to get into the NCAAT. Going to be an interesting game, for sure.

Welcome to March! Let's have some fun.

[Post edited by HTrain90 at 03/02/2021 11:08AM]

Posted: 03/02/2021 at 10:40AM


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