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Virginia Basketball by the Numbers: Early season impressive so far for the Hoos

In just six games, Virginia has been solid...especially on the defense.

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Shayok is one of several players who have led scoring for the Hoos so far this season.
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Six games into the new season and the undefeated Virginia Cavaliers are already riding high. UVA is ranked #6 in the AP poll and #2 in the latest KenPom rankings mostly due to the Hoos’ suffocating defense. Here are some eye-popping stats showing what the Cavaliers have done so far:

  • Virginia is only allowing 41.3 points per game, which ranks #1 out of 351 D-I schools in the country. The #2 ranked team is Utah at 52.0 points per game. Last year the Hoos were ranked #2 with a 60.1 ppg. Each opponent has been held to their lowest point total of the season and overall 34.6 points lower than their combined scoring average.
  • UVA’s defense is #1 in KenPom’s defensive efficiency rankings, while the offense is ranked #10. The Cavaliers defense has finished ranked in the top ten each of the past three years.
  • Virginia is the first team to hold three straight D-I opponents to under 40 points in the past 20 seasons. Only eight D-1 teams have been held to under 40 points this season, with three of those coming against the Hoos.
  • UVA has already had three games with at least six blocks. The Cavaliers only had three such games all of last season.
  • Virginia has also shown its incredible depth so far. Six different Hoos have led the team in scoring and the bench has outscored the starters 224-213.

Hopefully the Cavaliers can keep up the great play against Ohio State and #25 West Virginia this week.