Virginia Basketball Double Bonus: Miami

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Virginia has 22 wins.
Virginia’s Jay Huff blocks a game-saving shot against Duke. ~ Mike Ingalls

The Virginia basketball team picked up win No. 22 Wednesday night when it edged Miami, 46-44. That gave the Hoos their fourth straight road win and their seventh straight win overall. They’ve won nine of their last 10 games.

As the final score probably indicates, this turned out to be another defensive battle. The two teams shot 36.7% (Virginia) and 35.3% (Miami) respectively. Despite the many missed shot, there weren’t many second chance points to be found – the Hoos had 4 and the Hurricanes had none. They didn’t shoot many free throws either with eight combined.

That’s been a familiar theme this season. The Double Bonus is back for a closer look.

Nothing Easy

All season long, it’s been clear that this Virginia team was going to be stingy on the defensive end. That looked true in the first two games of the season when the Hoos allowed just 34 points in back-to-back games and it has carried through most of the schedule entering the regular season finale. Here a few stats to show just how good this year’s defense has been:

  • 0.840 points per possession (ppp) allowed – No. 1 nationally (and best of the Tony Bennett era at UVA)
  • 52.3 points per game (ppg) allowed – No. 1 nationally (and best of the Tony Bennett era at UVA)
  • 36.9% opponent shooting percentage – No. 2 nationally (and second best of the Tony Bennett era