What: Virginia Cavaliers (7-2) vs. Wis.-Green Bay Phoenix (4-2)
Time: 5:00 p.m. ET
Place: Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis.
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network
Last Meeting: Virginia 67, Green Bay 51 (Dec. 1, 2012
Odds: KenPom: UVA 65-62 (64%)
Earlier this week, as part of the Wisconsin game thread, I wrote that three keys to Virginia's game was to reduce turnovers, make free throws, and defend the three ball. Though Virginia's turnover game was still a bit higher, at 10, it accounted for just 17.5% of UVA's possessions, which, while not great, is certainly respectable. The Hoos shot 78.9% from the line and held Wisconsin to 21.7% three-point shooting (5-23).
I apparently forgot to remind the team that scoring points would also be important.
So today, against Green Bay, I give you new keys to the game
- Make layups
- Score buckets
- Hit threes
- Have a short memory
With that kind of recipe, I'm feeling much better about today's contest. Green Bay ranks fifth in the country in blocked shot percentage, at 20.5% (Alec Brown is really good at that), and steal the ball 10.9% of the time.
Also of note, Green Bay lost to Wisconsin earlier this year, but just by three -- 69-66 -- at Green Bay.
Virginia is looking to close out its out-of-conference schedule with four straight wins, and it starts tonight at Green Bay. Go HOOS!