Strong Defensive Effort Propels Cavs

Tony Bennett’s club had a strong defensive outing against BC in the ACC Tournament.

Virginia’s defense has struggled quite a bit at times this season, particularly in the last five weeks. And if one thing proved to be poison for the Pack-Line defense much of the time, it has been the flex offense. Against Boston College on Thursday, however, UVa seemed to find a magic antidote for the flex, which keyed a strong team defensive effort and propelled the Hoos to victory.

BC utilizes the flex as its base offense, aligning its players tightly around the paint, setting physical screens and posting up strong on the blocks. Perhaps even more important from UVa’s standpoint, though, was the track record this season against flex looks in general not just the Eagles’ physical version. The Cavaliers struggled with variations of this offensive attack throughout the season, particularly in road games at Maryland and Boston College.