Virginia Basketball Double Bonus: Florida State

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The Virginia basketball team followed up a strong home performance against North Carolina on Saturday with a dud at Florida State on Monday. The Seminoles rolled to an 81-60 win and kept their 24-game winning streak going in ACC home games, the second longest streak in conference history. The Double Bonus is back to look at what happened for the Hoos.

Defense Didn’t Travel

As noted in the game recap article, Virginia usually can count on its defense to show up home or away. This season’s defense hasn’t reached that consistency level yet, however, and an inconsistent effort reared its head in Tallahassee. The Cavaliers allowed 50% shooting overall, 54.2% shooting from 3-point range, 17 assists, 13 free throw trips, and other open shots as well. The Noles ended up at 1.328 points per possession. You’re not going to win many games, on the road or otherwise, when allowing those types of numbers on defense.

That’s certainly what had coach Tony Bennett’s attention in the initial postgame media session as he talked about a lack of resistance and attention to detail defensively. Here’s part of his postgame thoughts: “We can control if our defenses set, if we’re active on the ball, if we’re in position and not committing some lapse of judgments.”

Let’s look at a couple of possessions with those things in mind.

“If we’re active on the ball”

An example of this one came in the second half when M.J. Walker stepped right into a comfortable 3-pointer. On the play in question, Reece Beekman did not step out to get him and pressure the ball with any purpose. Keep in mind that Walker was 3-3 on 3’s at this point in the game already too.

Another example for activity on the ball came in the first half on a transition play at around the 7:15 mark. FSU got out in transition with Walker bringing the ball up the middle of the floor. UVA had four players back, however, including Casey Morsell near the free throw line. He had the opportunity to stop the ball but didn’t and Walker lobbed a pass to Tanor Ngom. Jay Huff had tried to pass Ngom off to Hauser as the trailer on the play, but Hauser