Friday, February 5, 2010

UVa 59, NC State 47: Great Defense Again!

Dad and I went to the Virginia/NC State game on Wednesday night and saw another terrific defensive performance and solid win.

After UVa's end-of-game collapse against Virginia Tech (my post is here), I expressed optimism about the team but was concerned we might be shell-shocked from the disappointment and lose the next couple of games. To the contrary, Tony Bennett coached the team up and we beat the Tarheels and State in succession -- and now we're tied with Duke atop the ACC at 5-2!

Jerome Meyinsse was WINA's player of the game (he was 4 of 6 for 10 points), although the standout from my perspective was Mustapha Farrakhan: super intense defense (even by Tony Bennett standards!) and an outstanding breakaway dunk that ended up as one of ESPN's plays of the day.

The great thing is that even though Landesberg did not have a good night shooting (2 of 10, though he did have a career-high 9 assists), we've got a full-on team, and other guys (Meyinsse, Farrakhan, and Mike Scott with 15 points and 10 rebounds) stepped up to the plate.

David Teel reports (here) that State's 47 points were the fewest by an ACC opponent in 13 years. Teel also points out that Washington State (under Bennett) led the nation in scoring defense last year, at 55 points per game.

The snow has started again (it's noon on Friday as I write this, and it's already been coming down hard and steady for several hours), and the question is whether the game tomorrow against Wake Forest will be postponed.

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