SI's Power Rankings Put UVa at #7


The most entertaining part of Virginia-Wake Forest, which I’m sure you’ve seen by now, was the Cavaliers scoring 18 points in the final 1:23, including a banked-in Darius Thompson three at the buzzer, to pull off a 72–71 win. The part that most intrigued Virginia Defense Nerds, a community to which I belong, is that for six possessions in the second half, Bennett switched the Cavaliers into something resembling a 1-2-2 zone.

As unexpected as this was—according to Synergy, the last time Virginia had played a possession of zone was Feb. 18, 2014, at Virginia Tech, and the last time Virginia used zone for multiple possessions in a game was Jan. 28, 2014, at Notre Dame—the zone still adhered to Bennett defensive principles. They fronted the post, and the off-ball defenders mostly stayed inside the arc, so that if you paused the tape at times, it resembled the Pack-Line.

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