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Excellent breakdown of Virginia's offensive and defensive systems

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What makes the Virginia Cavaliers tick? This excellent "X's and O's" analysis, linked above, explains UVA's Packline defense and "Blocker-Mover" offense, including video examples of the Hoos executing Bennett's system perfectly.

AP Voter Chris Goff votes UVA #10 after 49 point win over Harvard

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The headline says it all. Chris Goff, the IU basketball beat writer for the Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, filled out his AP ballot this week (click for full version), and placed the undefeated Virginia Cavaliers 10th. UVA was #5 in today's poll, and #2 in KenPom and Sagarin. No other AP voter had UVA lower than 8th, and 83% of voters had the team between #4 and #6.

What's strange is that Goff had UVA 6th last week before docking the Hoos 4 spots after they beat Cleveland State by 16 and Harvard by 49. Texas, Gonzaga, Villanova, and Kansas, who jumped UVA, combined to go 7-0 against six teams outside KenPom's outside KenPom's top 100 (the other was #59 UTEP). >

(Correction: Chris didn't have UVA 6th last week - UVA was 6th in the overall poll, which is what the AP ballot linked above is referring to. Goff actually had UVA 10th last week also..)

Goff was also one of 3 voters to rank KenPom #43 Indiana in the top 25.

I've reached out to Goff via Twitter for comment - I'll update if I hear back. It's possible this was a simple oversight - Goff has a job with a paper in Indiana, and there's a chance he just hasn't seen Virginia play or made a simple mistake. AP voters have a difficult task (that they aren't paid to perform), but ballots like this one are what make-up the esteemed AP Poll.

(H/T to Stephen Lincoln for pointing out this inconsistent ballot on Facebook)

Update: Goff kindly responded to me on Twitter, linking a blog post he wrote, that explains his rankings and acknowledges UVA's performance and potential. As I see it, the issue is that Goff wasn't high on Virginia preseason (a reasonable guess with no data to go off of), but has been reluctant to now move UVA in front of teams that haven't had bad losses. This poll "stickiness" is a problem that prevails beyond just this ballot, but Goff's explanation is a prime example.

Eamonn Brennan on UVa's "Dismantling" of Harvard

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When you're talking about a 49-point victory, as we are in the case of Virginia's utter dismantling of Harvard Sunday afternoon, a lot of things might rightly be classified as "impressive."

Most impressive part of Virginia Cavaliers' 49-point win over Harvard - ESPN

Virginia vs. Harvard Player Post Game

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"We have a lot of confidence. But at the end of the day, you can only have so much confidence going into the next game because we're going to play a different opponent who has different strengths, so we have to be humble in our approach but still very confident."

No, Tony Bennett didn't say this. It was Malcolm Brogdon. How cool is he?

Do 2 of the 4 most valuable players in the nation play for Virginia?

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Justin Anderson and Anthony Gill are third and fourth, respectively, in Ken Pomeroy's "kPOY" standings. Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky is the current leader with Jahil Okafor of Duke in second. Four of the top five players are from the ACC.

A full explanation of KenPom's kPOY score is here. Pomeroy says his goal is to "to identify the most valuable player in the game, free of reputation, future potential, or amount of times the player appears on Big Monday."

The rankings emphasize a a balance of high usage and high efficiency (ORtg), and also take into account defensive performance and overall team's performance. Louisville's Russ Smith won the award the past 2 seasons, and Draymond Green came out on top in 2012 (when Mike Scott finished 10th). There will be plenty of movement throughout the season, but it is clear that UVA has an embarrassment of riches, with two players who aren't preseason First Team All-ACC pick Malcolm Brogdon.

Three Hoos named to the Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American!

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LHP Nathan Kirby was named to the Pre-Season All-American First Team and is joined by LHP Brandon Waddell and Joe McCarthy on the Second Team. Together with Miami, Virginia's three leads the ACC in All-Americans. North Carolina has two, while Louisville, FSU, Clemson and Boston College each had one named to the Pre-Season All-American team.

Happy Birthday, Jerome Meyinsse!

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Happy birthday to former #UVA hoopster Jerome Meyinsse, who is here motorboating his birthday cake. Yep, so there's that. Meyinsse is the reigning MVP of the NBB Finals (Novo Basquete Brasil, the Brazilian league).

Mike Scott and Joe Harris played a basketball game against each other.

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Mike Scott (and the Atlanta Hawks) and Joe Harris (and his Cleveland Cavaliers) played each other last night. HOW COOL IS IT TO SEE JOE HARRIS GUARDING MIKE SCOTT IN THE FREAKING NBA?

Mike Scott did this at the buzzer before halftime. Check out Joe's reaction too.

Scott scored 15 points on 5 of 7 shooting, including 2 for 3 behind the arc, as the Hawks dominated the Cavs 127-98 in Cleveland. Harris nailed a 3 off the bench as well.

Defense Will Win You Championships, But Not Friends

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Virginia won the 2014 College Cup with one of the best team performances you will see at the college level, unfortunately however, they were good at something considered far lower in the pecking order than UCLA’s endless possession.

Defense Will Win You Championships, But Not Friends | Engageing Analysis
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