Lucas: Virginia Rapid Reactions – University of North Carolina Athletics

By Adam Lucas

1. Frustrating evening in Charlottesville, as Carolina had some intangibles going towards it but additionally did not make some key performs in a 65-58 loss to Virginia. As regular, the Cavaliers’ protection is stout–Carolina scored 58 factors on this sport after scoring 59 in a half earlier this season.

2. Pete Nance missed his second straight full sport after lacking most of the earlier contest earlier than that with a again problem. Nance did extra on Tuesday evening than he did on Saturday on the Smith Center, as he dressed, stretched, and went by means of half of the warmups. Playing Tuesday means the Tar Heels have somewhat longer relaxation interval earlier than the subsequent sport, as they journey to Louisville on Saturday.

3. Nance’s absence, already necessary, turned much more essential when Armando Bacot went down with an ankle harm simply 1:18 into the sport. That left Carolina as soon as once more shuffling personnel for the remaining of the sport. They acquired an enormous enhance from Jalen Washington, who had scored 13 factors in the complete season, and proceeded to attain 12 in 11 minutes of first half taking part in time and completed with 13 for the sport. Washington might have drained and tried to do an excessive amount of throughout a pair of second half possessions, however total it was a standout efficiency and indicative of a participant who might be extra necessary for Carolina going ahead. With Bacot out, Carolina was actively working performs for the freshman in a 4-level sport with ten minutes left. The Tar Heels now have two highway ACC losses during which the potential ACC Player of the Year didn’t play–but additionally had been shut sufficient to win both sport with out him.

4. How necessary was Washington? Virginia’s huge push early within the second half got here with him off the ground, as Carolina went and not using a true put up presence for 3 minutes. The Cavs took benefit of that lineup for a 9-0 run that pushed them into the lead by 4 factors. That sequence awakened what had been a sleepy John Paul Jones Arena crowd and finally changed into a 17-2 spurt that gave the house squad a seven-level lead.

5. With Carolina dealing with some first half adversity–injuries plus foul hassle that saddled 4 completely different Tar Heels with two fouls, and finally RJ Davis with three after a doubtful “charging” name by Lee Cassell alongside the sideline with below 30 seconds to play–Hubert Davis was extraordinarily optimistic together with his staff as they clawed again from an early deficit and finally took a lead as huge as 9 factors. While the officers reviewed a play with 8:44 left within the first half, he gathered his staff round him solely to inform them, “I’m so proud of you!” At that time, the Heels had been relying closely on youthful gamers in a hostile setting, and the message appeared to resonate.

6. Virginia had good success entering into the paint early, usually by way of the dribble, scoring eight fast factors within the paint within the first eight minutes. But even with out Bacot, Carolina’s protection across the rim tightened after that, and the Hoos managed simply 4 factors within the paint the remaining of the half. During a interval after they weren’t taking pictures well–just 37.5 p.c from the sphere and 18.2 p.c from three–limiting their simple probabilities was necessary. The Tar Heel protection was not as profitable within the second half, and Virginia finally outscored Carolina 32-20 within the paint. That helped the Hoos shoot 53.6 p.c within the second half.

7. Roller coaster of a sport for Caleb Love. He struggled by means of the primary 35 minutes, however then caught hearth late and hit a pair of nearly unimaginable three-pointers. But then he was crushed for a dunk by Reece Beekman in a 3 level sport with below a minute to go, and turned the ball over on an inbounds cross that led to a different simple hoop. Love completed 4-for-13 and scored 13 factors and had 5 assists…but additionally had 4 turnovers. In a low possession sport, Carolina’s 13 miscues as a staff had been too many.

8. The free throw line has been an necessary supply of offense for Carolina this yr. But surprisingly, it was Virginia that took extra benefit on the charity stripe on Tuesday. While Carolina went simply 8-for-12 from the road (lacking Bacot was necessary in that class), the Cavaliers made 11 of 19 makes an attempt.

9. Important sequence with below 5 minutes to play. Carolina had closed inside 4 factors and had two possessions to chop the deficit additional. But Love missed a driving try, after which Leaky Black missed a nook three-pointer.

10. RJ Davis continued his regular offensive manufacturing. He scored a staff-excessive 16 factors. But like Love, he was additionally by the turnover bug, committing 4 of them. Carolina’s beginning backcourt completed with a mixed six assists and eight turnovers. The UNC turnovers had been largely accountable for Virginia holding a ten-2 edge in quick break factors, and in a seven-level loss, the eight-level Virginia benefit in that class looms giant. The absence of Bacot was not accountable for Carolina’s ballhandling points.

11. You’re conversant in the Tar Heels receiving biscuits for hitting 100 factors on the Smith Center, of course. Things are somewhat completely different in Charlottesville. The in-area promotion hits if the Cavaliers rating…67 factors.

12. Virginia has now received the final eight towards Carolina in Charlottesville. The Tar Heels’ final victory right here was in 2012.

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