10 Questions For UVa In 2008-09, Part Two

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Dave Leitao’s team will try to spoil preseason predicitons this year.

As Dave Leitao and the Virginia men’s basketball team get ready to kick off another season, questions exist on offense and defense. The Sabre.com has set out to answer 10 of the most salient questions to the Hoos’ success in 2009. In this, the second of a two-part series, we examine some of the toughest questions that the Virginia men’s basketball season will face this season. We’ll examine the rebounding efforts and look at one of the major off-season focuses for the Hoos: defense.

5. Can The Cavs Exceed Expectations?

For all the Cavaliers question marks this season, it isn’t as if they are alone in the ACC. The ACC has two great divides this season. The first comes after UNC and Duke, a group that, let’s not kid ourselves, is out of reach at least in the near future. Then there’s the middle group including VT, Wake, Miami, and Clemson. These teams have a good chance to make the NCAA Tournament if they turn in strong seasons with a few big wins.

Then it gets really messy. As Sabre columnist Jed Williams pointed out in his column earlier this week, there are at least five teams (BC, NCSU, GT, FSU, and UMD) that all have major pieces in question. This is the group where Virginia can make its move. The great thing about low expectations is that it isn’t that hard to exceed them. Getting into the top 10 in the ACC is completely doable, made even more possible if other teams self-destruct along the way. If any of the major questions facing coach Dave Leitao this season go the way of the Cavaliers, then look for Virginia to at least climb out of the cellar of the ACC. Even with all of questions surrounding this team, I think this team has too much raw talent to finish dead last in the ACC and with the other team’s issues, it seems like an opportune time to make some progress.

4. Who Will Lead The Rebounding Charge?

For the second year in a row, the Cavs lost their leading rebounder. After the graduation of