Virginia Basketball Double Bonus: Louisville

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Virginia finished 28-2 in the regular season.
UVA put the ball in Ty Jerome’s hands frequently down the stretch against Louisville. ~ Mike Ingalls

The Virginia basketball team wrapped up a share of the ACC Regular Season Championship with its 73-68 win against Louisville on Saturday. That secured the No. 1 seed in this week’s ACC Tournament as well. Before the Hoos take the floor in Charlotte, however, it’s time for one last regular season Double Bonus.

Jerome In Spread Ball Screens

Trailing 55-49 near the midway mark of the second half after Louisville surged ahead for the second time since intermission, UVA turned to its junior point guard for answers. Over the final 11 minutes, in fact, the Cavaliers put the ball in Ty Jerome’s hands at least six times with simply a high ball screen as the call. Jerome delivered the right decisions on those plays over and over again as the hosts erased the deficit and moved in front.

Of the six possessions I counted as high ball screens with Jerome, the team scored on four of those trips. Those four scoring possessions added up to 11 points in the final 11 minutes. The first one came near the 10:15 mark with Jay Huff setting the screen. Jerome pulled the defense along with the dribble and then patiently flipped the ball back to Huff, who had popped above the top of the key for a 3-pointer that he made. With 6:58 to go, Jerome came off a ball screen from Huff