Virginia Basketball Double Bonus: Maryland

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Virginia is 7-0 this season.
Jack Salt slams home a shot in the win at Maryland. ~ Photo Courtesy Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

The Virginia basketball team continued its recent success against Maryland and in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge going with a 76-71 win at College Park last week. The Cavaliers have won five straight games in the yearly cross-conference event and they’ve clicked off victories in eight of the last nine meetings with the Terps too.

The first true road game of the year didn’t seem to have much of an impact on the Hoos. They took control of the game late in the first half and pushed the lead to nearly 20 points early in the second half before Maryland made several attempts at a comeback. In the end, UVA proved just too strong as it wrapped up the month undefeated.

A few things inside the game are worth a more detailed look. Let’s dive into the latest Double Bonus.

Two-Point Defense

While Virginia took care of business in the win column, but Maryland became the first opponent this season to crack the 70-point barrier (or the 60-point barrier for that matter). The Terrapins shot 54% from the field (27 of 50), which included 41.2% shooting from 3-point range (7 of 17) thanks to a late flurry behind the arc.

If you take out the 3-point shots, the hosts made 20 of 33 shots from two-point range. That’s an impressive 60.6% clip. A lot of those shots came inside the paint where Maryland piled up 34 points. There’s at least a little bit of good news in there because 26 of those points in the paint came in the first half. UVA coach Tony Bennett said after the game that Maryland was faking some ball screens and slipping into