The University of Virginia Men's Basketball team is off to a hot start, playing tonight for a chance to go 10-0 for the first time since 'Independent Women Part I' by Destiny's Child was number one on the charts (2000, for those that aren't up on their Destiny's Child Trivia).
Virginia comes into tonight's contest with Cleveland State ranked No.2 in ESPN's BPI rankings, No.3 in the KenPom.com ratings, No. 5 in the Coaches Poll, No. 6 in the AP Top 25, and No.1 in our hearts.
With the long, long, long exam break, Virginia fans have had a chance to reflect on the first portion of the season, so we here at Streaking the Lawn discussed what has impressed us the most so far this season, and which win was the most impressive.
Here's our discussion:
Paul "Tiki" Guttman: The team's depth has impressed me the most. It hasn't surprised me, but it is impressive. Foul trouble? No problem. Injuries? No problem. We've got guys like Shayok and Wilkins to step up.
Anthony Gill has been so consistent and so underrated so far this season. He has plugged along, leading the team in rebounding in five of the team's nine games, while also averaging 13 points per game (good for second on the team). He leads the team in shooting percentage at 65.6% (ok, technically Caid Kirven is shooting 100% on 1-1, but you know what I mean) and is making 76.7% from the free throw line, good for second just behind Anderson's 80%. He's scored in double digits in all but two games, and scored at least 11 in the last five.
Most impressive win is definitely VCU. I really didn't think we played that well...and we still won by almost 20. This team, like last year's, reminds me a lot of the Duke teams of the early 2000s: you could stay with them for a half, sometimes even 35 minutes, but eventually they'd go on a 15 or 20 point run and slam the door behind them. Hopefully that stylistic similarity results in the same kinds of hardware making their way to JPJ.
Tim Mulholland: Oh. Oops. Forgot the most impressive win part of the question.