Virginia Basketball Double Bonus: Miami

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Virginia has 20 wins again this season.
De’Andre Hunter slices to the rim for a bucket. ~ Mike Ingalls

The Virginia basketball team picked up another home win last Saturday against Miami to move to 20-1 on the season. The 56-46 victory, however, carried a similar vibe as the win before it, a 66-65 overtime W at NC State. In both contests, the Cavaliers looked off-kilter despite finding the winner’s circle.

Throw in the fact that Ty Jerome sat out the Miami game with a back injury – his status remains unclear for the Duke showdown this weekend – and fans started swapping thoughts and concerns about the double grinders. While mid-season spells are common and should be expected, Virginia fans are dreaming about a Final Four breakthrough so any sputtering performances can be disorienting in a way.

Still, there were plenty of interesting moments in the Miami game so the Double Bonus is back for a closer look at the latest win before the Duke rematch.

Screen-And-Roll Oop

As noted, the last two games with NC State and Miami have had some similarities in vibe. The home game with Miami repeated a successful play from the game in Raleigh too, though. In both contests, UVA dialed up some ball screen offense that led to alley-oop plays at the rim.

At NCSU, Jay Huff was the oop recipient on an and-one play at the beginning of overtime. Against Miami, Mamadi Diakite found himself on the receiving end of passes to the rim in both halves. Diakite was fouled on