Joe Harris and the Hoos have found the shooting touch recently.
After a pair of dismal road performances, the Virginia men’s basketball team responded with two straight ACC wins. In the victories against Florida State and Virginia Tech, the Cavaliers lit it up from 3-point range and found some contributions outside of Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell . Let’s take a closer look in the “Double Bonus.”
UVa 3-point Shooting
In the Wake Forest Double Bonus article, I noted a stark difference in Virginia’s 3-point shooting in wins and losses. In UVa’s first 16 games of the season, it made 29 of 91 3-pointers (31.9%) in losses and it made 59 of 140 triples in its wins (42.1%), an 11% difference. The last two games, both victories, widened the difference as the Cavaliers made 18 of 36 3-pointers against FSU and VT. That means in the 13 wins this season, UVa has drained 77 of 176 long-range attempts (43.8%).
The trend is more than a two-game scenario, though. Over the past six games, Virginia has surpassed 47% shooting from behind the arc four times, all wins. The Hoos have jumped above 50% three times in that same span. In the two losses, UVa didn’t reach 30% as it made just 8 of 28 triples (28.6%) combined at Wake Forest and Clemson.
Consider that in the 12 games prior to the recent hot streak, Virginia hit 50% or more of its 3-pointers just twice. You have to back the number all the way down to 42% to get it up to 4 games.
“I don’t think so. Obviously, it doesn’t hurt,” Virginia’s Joe Harris said with a grin after the FSU victory. “Whenever you can shoot that well from 3, that’s huge. But I think when we do a good job of moving the ball and making the defense work, that’s what allows us to get open looks like that. We’re capable of knocking down shots. I think we’re a very good shooting team and when we do a good job of executing, moving the ball, getting...
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