5 Things I Learned From Maryland To GT

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The Virginia men’s basketball team seems securely in the NCAA Tournament field with two regular season ACC games to play. To get there, the Hoos had to endure a rollercoaster ride the past two weeks or so that featured a road win at Maryland, two tough road losses at Virginia Tech and Miami, and two home battles with Florida State and Georgia Tech.

But that’s what this month is all about. February is supposed to weed out the weak, to identify the “not so bubblicious” teams in the crowd. Late season conference play tests mettle and shows you what your team is made of. Basically, there’s plenty to learn from league play. So what was there to learn about the Cavaliers? Let’s take a look at the stretch of games from Maryland to Georgia Tech.

Sean Singletary averages 17.2 points per game in ACC contests.

Star Guards Lead In Little Ways. At this point, you would think there was little left to learn about Sean Singletary and J.R. Reynolds (except for the latter’s middle name, which he won’t divulge. Check out Jeff White’s Richmond Times-Dispatch article here for more). The Cavaliers’ star guards continue to impress, though – and lately it has been with the little things as much as the eye-popping scoring numbers (Singletary’s average is 18.6 overall and 17.2 in the ACC, while Reynolds is 18.5 overall and an incredible 21.1 in the ACC).

Take the most recent game for example where Singletary and Reynolds led the team in rebounding through the first 30 minutes of the game. In fact, Singletary grabbed a team-high 7 rebounds in that game. Or how about Reynolds’ 4 steals? He only had 8 in the entire season before facing the Jackets. Both guards have improved their production in the non-scoring