Virginia Cavaliers Just Keep on Winning in the ACC

By Anthony Lenahan
Geoff Burke-USA Today Sports

The Virginia Cavaliers are sitting right on the fence of the NCAA tournaments. The only way they can hop the fence and burst their bubble is to just keep on winning and tonight they did just that as they defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies in an in-state rivalry match-up.

Virginia is now 18-6 on the season and sitting near the top of the ACC standings at 8-3 in conference play. A young Cavaliers team has won seven of their last eight games, including a win at Maryland and home wins over North Carolina State and Florida State. The only loss they have suffered in their last eight games was at Georgia Tech in a six-point defeat.

Overall, Tony Bennet has to be very pleased with the way his team has performed this year. A team that was projected to finish towards the bottom of the ACC standings has shocked a lot of people with their performance so far this year.

The Cavaliers are a defense oriented team, but they do need to score some points. Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell are Coach Bennet’s primary scorers and they really carry this team offensively. Harris averages 16 points per game and gets most of them from behind the arc, where he shoots it at an outstanding 47 percent. Mitchell is the low post presence for Virginia as he averages 12.6 points and a team high 8.8 rebounds per game. He is able to knock down 54.4 percent of his shots, with most of them coming in the paint.

With Harris and Mitchell playing as well as they have been and the Cavaliers keeping the opposing team in the 50s, Virginia is going to keep on rolling and will roll all the way into the NCAA tournament.

They will have a tough test coming up as they head on the road to North Carolina in a game featuring two teams who really need a win.

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