Breaking Down The NCSU Win

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Coach Tony Bennett made several successful calls coming out of timeouts.

A strong opening performance by UVa in Raleigh has gotten the Tony Bennett ACC era off to a great start. In what was the beginning of a new season for the Hoos, they responded with one of their best performances of the year. In this breakdown I’ll attempt to revisit the scouting report, go through the coaching adjustments made by both coaches and recap intangibles that ultimately were the difference in the game.

Revisiting The Scouting Report

In the Scouting Report I listed three statistics that I thought would determine the game:

  • 3-point Shooting. Both teams will get a lot of open looks, converting on those is crucial.
  • Turnovers. Neither team forces many turnovers but N.C. State commits a fair number. Virginia needs to win this statistic decisively.
  • Rebounding. Despite having a window washer in Tracy Smith, the Wolfpack can struggle on the offensive glass and finding a way to get those extra opportunities will be important for the Cavs on the road. Virginia is one of the best defensive rebounding teams in the country, and not allowing Smith to change that would be a huge advantage.

The Hoos dominated 3-point shooting, going 5-11 for the game with one of those misses coming from Jontel Evans with the shot clock about to hit zero. State, on the other hand, hit 4-14, missing a good number of open looks.

The turnover battle was almost even with UVa turning it over 10 times to 9 by the Wolfpack. This statistic surprised me going in as N.C. State was turnover prone while UVa hadn’t been. The majority of UVa’s turnovers weren’t forced turnovers though, which still helped limit State’s points in transition. Virginia outscored State 13-10 off of turnovers.

Rebounding could have been the great equalizer for the Wolfpack in a game where many match-ups weren’t in their favor. State has the athleticism and ability to be a strong rebounding team but the reliance on Tracy Smith as an offensive weapon takes away the team’s best

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