Kris’ Monday Musings – Home Games Galore!

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Mike Scott is using more post moves to score than UVa fans have seen in the past.

The Virginia basketball teams are showing rapid improvement so far this season after just one full week of games. The men, of course, are instituting new systems on both ends of the floor with first-year coach Tony Bennett and it looks like the players are starting to get the hang of some the new demands. The women are mixing in a large group of newcomers while upping the minutes for some other younger players, but there are signs of major potential for that group moving forward.

I had the pleasure of taking in most of the minutes of every game last week, including four home games in five days at the John Paul Jones Arena. As a basketball junkie, that’s a good week if you ask me!

Before getting to the weekly musings, a couple of notes on the improvement underway for the men’s team. In the space of a week, the on-floor product progressed dramatically. Progressed to the point actually that Cavs Corner writer Chris Wallace and I looked at each other after the Rider game with a sort of ‘wow’ look. Among the improvements on display:

  • The footwork for post defense in the Pack-Line system.
  • Mike Scott’s improved arsenal in the post.
  • Better decision-making on offense.
  • More screening action on offense.
  • Teachable moments (the obvious example being Coach Bennett addressing the long pose and lack of transition D from Scott after an alley-oop dunk).

The players have noticed the progress too. I asked a few players about certain aspects of their improving skills. The following are the answers from those exchanges.

As you’ll see below, point guard Sammy Zeglinksi made some decisions in the South Florida game (on the heels of some bad decisions in the Longwood game) that were back-breaker type of decisions. Poor shot selection, risky passes, and so forth that had me wondering where he was going. Then suddenly, most of that stuff went