Breaking Down The Losing Streak

Tony Bennett’s team is struggling to snap a six-game losing streak.

Through nine ACC games, UVa stood at 5-4 and things seemed to be set up nicely for a stretch run. Virginia was on a two-game losing streak but the Cavaliers had battled those two opponents, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech, down to the wire coming up just short in both contests. Following the game in Blacksburg the Cavaliers headed to College Park to take on Maryland but the team that took the court in the Comcast Center didn’t resemble the crew that had shown so much promise during the first nine games of conference play. The switch had been flipped and UVa has proceeded to drop three more relatively uncompetitive contests since the debacle in College Park.

I’m going to do my best to explore what happened in those games, what has changed for this team in that period, what problems were factors in all four contests, and take a look at what is going on each side of the ball and what, if anything, can be done about it.