2014 NCAA Tournament Profile: ACC Champion Virginia Cavaliers
Region – Seed: East – No. 1, No. 4 overall seed in the Tournament
How They Qualified: ACC Tournament Champions
Virginia got buried under the ACC headlines this season. Syracuse and Duke stole the show and not many people talked about the Cavaliers being serious contenders for a conference title. Well, Virginia has now won the ACC regular season title and conference tournament.
Four losses in non-conference play killed this team’s national attention and it is one of the more underrated teams in the 2014 NCAA tournament. It really shouldn’t be, though.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Malcolm Brogdon (12.3 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Akil Mitchell (6.9 rpg)
Leading Passer: London Perrantes (3.8 apg)
Bad Losses: Green Bay, Maryland
Good Wins: North Carolina, Duke, Syracuse
Joe Harris entered the season with very high expectations. He did put up 16.3 points per game last year. Well, his 11.6 points per game this season is from from that, but he still is the second leading scorer on Virginia and is lethal from behind the arc.
Harris’ three-point shooting percentage is down as well, but he is still managing to shoot 40.8 percent from deep range.
Malcolm Brogdon emerged as a reliable weapon on the offensive side of the ball. He is the leading scorer this year after all. Brogdon is shooting around 40 percent from the three.
The Cavaliers are not going to blow anyone away with their offense, but their defense will keep them in games and as the Seattle Seahawks showed the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, defense wins championships.
The Virginia Cavaliers are dancing!