Entering the 2006-07 season, Virginia fans weren’t sure what to expect from the men’s basketball team. The first year of Dave Leitao’s tenure had produced promising signs with a better-than-expected ACC finish and an NIT berth, both solid step forwards for a program that won just four ACC games the year before.
Most outside observers projected this year’s UVa team as a middle of the pack conference team and an NCAA bubble team. Now that March has arrived, we know those projections missed their target. Virginia tied for first place in the ACC and is an NCAA Tournament lock. Surprising or not, the Cavaliers’ success this season revolved around team basketball – defense, offensive screening, rebounding, and so on.
In the preseason, The Sabre tried to tackle some of the key questions facing the Hoos if they wanted to have success. Let’s revisit the “10 Key Questions” of the preseason with a look back at Part I.
10. Do The Hoos Have Enough Backcourt Depth? One of the biggest question marks entering the season revolved around the backcourt. Everyone knew that Sean Singletary and J.R. Reynolds would produce game after game. This question focused on their back-ups – in other words, UVa does not have a true back-up point guard and most of the two-guard reserves fit better in a small forward role.
Could Singletary and Reynolds stay strong throughout the ACC season? Could they stay out of foul trouble? Could Reynolds provide key minutes at the point? Could Mamadi Diane , Solomon Tat , Will Harris , and Adrian Joseph play minutes at the two?
Ultimately, the answer to question No. 10 seems to be yes. Singletary and Reynolds
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