Chalktalk: Late-Game Situations

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The Cavaliers have battled through their fair share of close games this season, including two overtime games in University Hall. In each of the OT games, Dave Leitao drew up a pair of plays where Virginia had a chance to win at the end of regulation. Throw in the last-second win over Wake Forest and there have been three examples of final play opportunities for the Hoos at home. Leitao said game situations determine what kind of play he goes to late in games.

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Let’s take a look at the three late-game scenarios this season at U-Hall.

Florida State, January 11

Florida State battled back to tie the score down the stretch, but Virginia had the ball in the final minute with a chance to win. In that situation, the Cavaliers drew up a play in the huddle that probably would have been played differently had the Seminoles not thwarted the plans on the inbounds play.

Florida State, Jan. 11

This play seemed to be thrown off from the start because FSU prevented Sean Singletary from getting the ball on the inbounds play.

SS=Sean Singletary ; JC=Jason Cain; JR=J.R. Reynolds; AJ=Adrian Joseph ; MD=Mamadi Diane

In this case, Florida State denied the inbounds pass to Sean Singletary , making a different player catch the ball. Eventually, Adrian Joseph