Virginia Basketball Double Bonus: Gonzaga

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Virginia is 4-2.
Virginia had trouble slowing down Gonzaga’s offense. ~ Photo courtesy of Gregg Ellman/ellman photography

The Virginia basketball team accepted a quickly scheduled replacement game with Gonzaga this past weekend after games with Florida, Michigan State, and Villanova fell by the wayside. Saturday’s top 20 showdown didn’t go well for the Hoos, though. They struggled with limiting turnovers on offense and getting stops on defense, which resulted in a 98-75 thumping from the Bulldogs.

Gonzaga shot the highest percentage and scored the second most points against a Tony Bennett UVA team in the blowout victory. The Double Bonus is back to look at how that happened and more.

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The Bulldogs carved up the usually stingy Pack Line defense in a way that Virginia fans simply aren’t used to. Yes, Corey Kispert got hot and lit it up from 3-point range in ways similar to guys like Duke’s Jayson Tatum and Michigan State’s Travis Trice have in the past. Kispert’s 9 3-pointers tied the Gonzaga program record and tied for the second most allowed in Virginia program history as well. This was not simply a case of a great shooting night trumping tough Pack Line defense, though.

The frustrating and unusual part was just how wide open Kispert was on many of his 3-pointers. And what made it even more frustrating was that Kispert wasn’t alone in getting completely clean looks. Possession after possession after possession, good action