Baker Showing Improvement

UVa’s Calvin Baker has posted 21 assists and 7 turnovers this season.

Pop quiz: Who leads the Virginia men’s basketball team in assist-to-turnover ratio this season? Now, raise your hand if you said Calvin Baker. Be honest. Yes, it’s probably a little surprising to many observers but Baker’s 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio is by far the best on the team so far this season and in three straight starts, he’s been a key factor in the Cavaliers’ three-game winning streak to end 2009.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett said after the NJIT victory that Baker emerged as a leader during the break for exams and that he wanted to reward the senior for that effort, thus the move to slide Baker into the starting line-up. The shift has stuck for three straight games.