Virginia Basketball Double Bonus: Louisville

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Virginia won 23 games.
Kihei Clark celebrates during Virginia’s win against Louisville. ~ Kris Wright

Prior to the decisions by the ACC and NCAA to shut down postseason basketball, Virginia ended its regular season with a 57-54 win against Louisville. That meant the Hoos won their last eight games and 12 of the final 14. Most of those fit the same script too as one of the two losses was by two points, while seven of the last eight wins were by three or less points.

In the finale against the Cardinals, the score was tied 51-51 with 5:12 to play and the margin was still razor thin until Kihei Clark hit a 3-pointer with 29.9 seconds to go to make it a two possession game.

That shot and more are good items for the latest Double Bonus.

You’ve Seen That Before

So let’s start there with the Clark dagger. The mini headline says it best for two reasons. Yes, you’ve seen that before. Just 10 days earlier, Clark pulled up behind the 3-point line in a tie game to defeat Virginia Tech just before the buzzer. You’d seen the play call before too. In fact, the Hoos used it heavily for stretches of this game and it paid off with positive results repeatedly. Of course, you’ve seen the breakdown of the concept here in the Double Bonus before too – just check back to this North Carolina breakdown.

First, let’s look at the basic pattern again. Clark brings the ball up, passes to a wing shortly after he crosses halfcourt, and then makes a loop cut down through the free throw line area to relocate to the opposite