Virginia Basketball Double Bonus: North Carolina

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The Virginia basketball team needed a last-second shot from Tomas Woldetensae to grab a 64-62 win at North Carolina, but that continued UVA’s recent success in the series. The Hoos have won six straight games in the series and swept two regular season meetings this year for the first time since 2001-2002.

Beyond Woldetensae’s shot, there were some more interesting things within the game. The Double Bonus returns for a closer look.

Wrinkle Repeated

The Cavaliers turned to a different sort of look on offense throughout the game with the Tar Heels. The basic concept is to present some false motion to move the defense around and then have a screener sprint into a spread ball screen. UVA has been using spread ball screen looks with Kihei Clark frequently this season, but this is a different way to get into that look that potentially can create more space.

It certainly worked against Carolina. The Wahoos, for example, scored at least 11 points on in the first half.

The concept followed the following general pattern. Clark passed the ball to a wing as he reached halfcourt and then made a loop cut down through the free throw line area to pop back out on the opposite wing. Virginia then reversed the ball through another player and back to Clark. That passer then cut away from the painted area. A screener sprinted toward Clark to set the on-ball screen. Clark used the screen and then made decisions based on the defense’s reactions.

Let’s look at the four examples that led to the aforementioned 11 points.

With around 15:00 remaining in the first half, Clark passed to Tomas Woldetensae and then looped through the free throw area and off a brief screen from Mamadi Diakite. Woldetensae reversed the ball through Braxton Key back to Clark. Key cut away, while Woldetensae switched sides of the floor. Jay Huff moved through the middle of the floor to set the on-ball screen for Clark (if you watch Huff, he’s tracking his screen target before Clark ever gets the ball back). Clark used he screen, avoided the hedge of Armando Bacot and then fired a pass to Huff for a layup as no one helped Bacot as he recovered.