On Feb. 12th, 2013, the Virginia Cavaliers beat their in-state rival, the Virginia Tech Hokies, 73-55. Joe Harris led Virginia with 26 points and 4 rebounds. Harris made five three-pointers in this first half. He tied his career high of three point field goals in a single game. Akil Mitchell contributed 17 points and eight rebounds. The ACC’s leading scorer, Erick Green, led Virginia Tech with 22 points. Green was the only Virginia Tech player to score in double figures.
Virginia’s defense was nothing short of extraordinary in the second half. Virginia Tech’s Green only had one point by halftime. He did not make a field goal until the second half.
Virginia excels on the defensive end. Virginia holds most of their opponents to point totals in the 50’s. Virginia has an uncanny ability to slow the game down, no matter who they play. Notable defensive efforts this season include holding the Wisconsin Badgers to 54 points. Virginia also held the No. 19 ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack to 55 points.
Virginia has a tough schedule for the rest of the season. On Saturday, they face the North Carolina Tar Heels. Virginia beat North Carolina a previous meeting earlier this season. Saturday’s game will be followed by a showdown with No. 3 ranked Miami (FL) Hurricanes. On Feb. 28th, Virginia will face the Duke Blue Devils. Virginia’s defense will be instrumental in slowing down North Carolina, Miami and Duke. North Carolina averages 77.9 points per game. Miami averages 70.6 points a game, and Duke averages 78 points a game.