Virginia Basketball Double Bonus: Virginia Tech

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Kihei Clark lines up the game-winning 3-pointer at VT. ~ Photo courtesy Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

The Virginia basketball team completed the season sweep of Virginia Tech on Wednesday night, though it required a little bit of late-game drama to get the win. After leading for most of the game, the Cavaliers trailed briefly late and then needed a Kihei Clark 3-pointer to break a tie in the final three seconds. The 56-53 road victory pushed UVA on to the 20-win plateau for the ninth straight season.

That sets up the final stretch of the season with the Wahoos in good shape for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. They can strengthen their resume for inclusion and seeding in the final three games. That’s because Virginia welcomes Duke and Louisville, who both rate highly in all the metrics, to the John Paul Jones Arena on back-to-back Saturdays with a trip to Miami in between.

Before the Cavaliers close out the regular season, however, let’s dive into the latest Double Bonus.

The Eyes Have It

Virginia and Virginia Tech engaged in a ball screen battle of sorts during the rematch this week. Combined, the two teams logged 61 plays in the Synergy Sports data for pick-and-roll ballhandlers and pick-and-roll recipients. That accounted for 48% of the 127 plays in the data.

For the Hoos, Kihei Clark took full advantage of the ball screen looks on several occasions. He ended up with 10 points and 6 assists in the win. He’s now averaging 6.1 assists for the season and 6.2 assists in conference games.

One thing that I think Clark does really well is use his eyes or head direction to manipulate