More On The VT Win

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Sammy Zeglinski knocked down this buzzer beater.

It has been a few days since Virginia completed the season sweep of Virginia Tech in men’s basketball, but I still can’t a few of the Cavaliers’ clock-beating shots out of my mind. Jontel Evans sank a falling down jumper to the end first half and had a 3-pointer late in the shot clock too. Sammy Zeglinski, who had a high-arching 3-point shot that could have filed for frequent flyer miles in the first half, made a trio of shots to beat the buzzer.

Of course, all the crowd-pleasing shots that The Daily Progress’ Whitey Reid called circus shots failed to compare to the show stealer that Zeglinski heaved into the basket half way through the second half.

With less than 12 minutes to go in the Hoos’ 61-54 win against the Hokies, Zeglinski caught the ball in front of his bench and tried to make a move. He lost control of the ball for a split second as he tried to shake the defender and had to chase the one bounce to the corner. At that point, he had no time and no choice with VT defender crowding him near the line. Zeglinski elevated and fired toward the rim before falling down out of bounds in front of his own bench. The shot somehow went to give UVa 15-point lead and the hosts held on down the stretch.

Zeglinski couldn’t even see the basket really when he shot the ball.

“I got lucky on a couple of them. It was late in the shot clock so I just wanted to get it up at the rim and fortunately they went in,” Zeglinski said. “I actually almost lost it out of bounds so I had to save it first and then I just put it up. I thought I got hit, but they didn’t call it.”

The Freshman Wall

A popular discussion on message boards this month has focused on the freshman wall. The term refers to the time of year when freshmen players start to grow weary of the long college season, tough physical demands, and the mental fatigue of their first college season. Players, of course, react differently to the abstract theory of the freshman wall