ACC Teams Challenge UVa’s Defense

UVa’s defense often sends a post trap at the opponent.

The Virginia men’s basketball team continues to impress on the defensive end of the floor this season. En route to an 18-3 record, the Hoos have allowed just 50.6 points per game, which ranks second in the nation. The other statistics hold up too. UVa ranks second in opponent assists allowed (7.5), third in defensive efficiency (.83), and fifth in opponent field goal percentage (40.1%). Those numbers all support just how hard opponents have to work to score against the Cavaliers.

On the season, Virginia has held 17 of 21 opponents to 60 points or less. Unfortunately, three of the last six opponents, including two straight, made it to the 60-point barrier. Fortunately, the Hoos won back-to-back games in the 60’s against NC State and Clemson. Duke, the other team to surpass 60, defeated UVa 61-58.