The Virginia Cavaliers were left out of the 2013 NCAA Tournament this year. Whether if this was the right choice or not, the lack of scoring was an issue in the 2012-13 college basketball season for this team.
Virginia averaged 64 points per game, which ranked them at 259th in the nation in that department. Although this likely did not have any part in Virginia not making the tourney, it was still a cause for concern and should be worked upon during the offseason.
There were only two players that scored 10 or more points per game on the Cavaliers. Joe Harris was great, averaging 16.3 points per game. Akil Mitchell was the other player in double digits, scoring 13.1 points per game. Although both players shouldn’t even be brought up in this discussion, they definitely could have used some help on the offensive side of the ball.
Winning with your defense is great and all, but what happens when the opposing team cannot miss? It does not matter how good a team’s defense is if the other team is making all of their shots, contested or not. In Virginia’s case, if a team was hot, it was basically up to two players to carry the team on the offensive side of the ball. Luckily, these two players were really good.
Virginia finished with 23 wins on the season and I really thought they should have been in the dance, but this is a team that definitely needs to put that basketball in the hoop more. Hopefully, Virginia will be better in this department in the 2013-14 college basketball season.
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