Virginia Basketball Double Bonus: NC State

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Virginia won at NC State.
Mamadi Diakite has put together a string of solid games. ~ Mike Ingalls

The Virginia basketball team didn’t play its sharpest game of the season by any means, but the Hoos still figured out a way to win in overtime at NC State on Tuesday, 66-65. The Cavaliers reached 19-1 and 7-1 in the ACC with the victory, which gave them a pair of wins during a two-game road swing.

The contest and outcome has drawn a variety of opinions on the message boards. Thoughts included: it was good to get tested in a close game, which should be valuable come tournament time; that shows how good this team is because it could win despite playing that way; this team is vulnerable to a meltdown in March again because of how it played; teams that press have the antidote for Virginia. And so on.

Drawing any sweeping conclusions from Tuesday’s outing in Raleigh, however, probably isn’t possible. For me, it looked like a road game in the ACC in January. Those happen. It’s safe to say, though, that a close game brings out the nerves in fans, right?

The Double Bonus returns for a look inside the win.

Rolling With The Rollers

One of the growing storylines this season has been Virginia’s ability to get more interior scoring from its post players, something that has troubled observers for the past two years. For the third straight game, the trio of Mamadi Diakite, Jack Salt, and Jay Huff provided some scoring punch at NCSU. Those