Breaking Down The GT Win

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Tony Bennett’s team picked up two wins to start ACC play.

Coming off of the UTPA game there were plenty of concerns heading into ACC play. If that game was a sign of things to come then UVa was almost certainly going to be off to an 0-2 start in the league. Now at 2-0 Tony Bennett has his guys playing inspired basketball – in back-to-back games the Cavs have played their best basketball of the season. In this breakdown of the Georgia Tech game, I’ll revisit the scouting report, go through some coaching adjustments, and add a few thoughts on the intangibles that made such a great game for UVa.

Revisiting the Scouting Report

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

  • Georgia Tech’s Turnover Numbers. Georgia Tech is going to do their best to speed up UVa, which will almost certainly increase UVa’s number of turnovers (though also hopefully increasing the number of good looks for the Hoos as well). The Pack-Line hasn’t shown that it’s a great defense for going and getting steals, but if the Hoos are turning it over against the Georgia Tech defensive pressure then they are going to have to make that up somewhere and getting turnovers on Georgia Tech could be crucial. In GT’s losses to both Dayton and Georgia, it was their turnovers that did them in – UVa needs to make sure that number stays high.
  • Offensive rebounding. Both teams are capable rebounding squads but both have suffered in games where they have given up extra shots through offensive rebounds. The team with the most offensive rebounds will be in good shape, especially if UVa hopes to slow the game down. Extra possessions could be the difference.
  • Free Throw Attempts. With GT’s physical play, it counts on getting to the line a considerable number of times, while UVa has struggled in games where the foul totals were higher. Keeping Mike Scott out of foul trouble and forcing GT to hit shots from the floor are going to be points of emphasis going into the game.

Check, check and check. Georgia Tech is a much more talented team than what UVa faced in N.C. State and winning