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Jontel Evans

The Virginia men’s basketball team had one last chance at an ACC road victory on Thursday night, but the trip to Tallahassee ended in another frustratingly close loss for the Hoos. After rallying from an 11-point deficit to take a late lead, UVa dropped the 53-51 decision when Michael Snaer scored in the final five seconds for Florida State. The “Double Bonus” takes a look at some of the key pieces of the game.

Point Guard Play

After the Florida State game, a lot of Virginia fans have dialed in on the defensive strategy against Jontel Evans . The Seminoles sagged off of Evans heavily to help clog up the paint early in possessions and refused to help off of wing shooters when UVa went to Evans in the on-ball screen offense late in possessions. All of the chatter prompted me to take a look at the Double Bonus article for the UNC win back at the start of the ACC season.

One item in that article was sub-titled “Point Guard Threats” after Evans and Teven Jones played a significant role in defeating the Tar Heels. Jones started that game and posted 6 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal. Evans, meanwhile, returned to action after sitting with an injury and recorded 8 points and 6 assists. My final paragraph in that section reads:

Still, Hoo fans don’t have to think back far to remember how opponents played the point guard position just two short seasons ago. ACC foes in particular would satellite defend Evans, meaning they would stay in his general area but they would not guard him really outside of 12 to 15 feet. The fact that Evans has added so much finishing ability in the paint over the past two seasons has been a huge boost to the team. Throw in the fact that Jones’ shooting touch appears to be coming around and it alters the potential defensive choices from league coaches.

In other words, the sagging defense on Evans isn’t new. Unlike late last season, Evans has struggled to finish as consistently near the rim though. Jones, meanwhile, isn’t making