The Virginia Cavaliers have scored 61,56, and 70 points in their first three games. The offense is a big problem, and if the Cavaliers think they are just fine entering conference play with this lack of production, they are in for some tough times.
The Cavaliers defeated the Davidson Wildcats 70-57, and it was a struggle to do so as the Cavaliers only scored 29 points in the first half. The Cavaliers are looking like an overrated top-25 team right now. Playing small ball is not going to work in the ACC when you have teams like the Maryland Terrapins, Duke Blue Devils, North Carolina Tar Heels and the Syracuse Orange trying to push the tempo and get into shootout. It’s just not going to work.
Can the Cavaliers realistically rely on their defense to put their opponents into a brawl in every game? No. Especially when the Cavaliers are not capitalizing on their free throw opportunities, which in turn will cost them. Combined with the bad free throw shooting, the Cavaliers aren’t very good at at 3-pointer as the team has shot under 25 percent from beyond the arc in two of their first three games.
Well if the Cavaliers can’t make use of their 3-point opportunities, then they can consider themselves a bubble team at best when the NCAA tournament comes around.
The landscape of basketball is changing. The old-school style of grinding it out in the paint and playing good defense is not enough to go all the way and win a championship alone. It isn’t even good enough to win a conference championship.