Last year's regular season ended with UVa dropping their final ACC game in College Park by six in overtime. This year, the Hoos started out on top and never looked back, earning their 8th victory of the season.
The story of the game for most will likely be the refs. In the second half alone, the Terps were in the bonus with 16 minutes left in the half. At the time, the Cavaliers only had an 11 point lead and some major foul trouble. Luckily, there was too much depth for the Terps to overcome.
Justin Anderson paced the team for much of the game until he came down awkwardly on his leg on a put back attempt. He ended the game with 16 minutes, but it will be key for Anderson to get better before Saturday when the Hoos travel to Richmond to play VCU.
Malcolm Brogdon also proved that even when he does get in foul trouble, he can be productive. Uncle Malcolm ended the game with 18 points, going two of three beyond the arc, and four of six at the charity stripe, but his step back three in the last five minutes of the game all but sealed the UVa victory.
Mike Tobey's height and athleticism also helped ensure the UVa victory. His 14 points off the bench, including six of seven free throws helped limit the Terps big men. Even though he also ran into trouble early, racking up two fouls in the early minutes of the first half, he was able to command much of the lane, which was thought to be a spot that Maryland could use.
In all, it was certainly a team effort. Ten Cavaliers saw playing time and seven put points on the board. If this season is going to be special, that depth is going to be beautiful for Coach Bennett.
Oh, and Maryland fans were the epitome of great fans with their "F#@# You Justin" chants. Particularly the "I hope it's broken!" yell when Anderson went down with an ankle injury.
Hoos get two days off before returning to the court in Richmond for the battle of the two best programs in the Commonwealth.