The Cavaliers took their one game winning streak and their week long break to Coral Gables on Monday and came up just short against the Hurricanes.
With Miami coming off an embarrassing loss to UNC over the weekend, many expected the Canes to be ready to go for a game against a similar team near the top of the ACC. The Hurricanes were consistent throughout the game which ultimately lead to the Hoos demise.
Much has been said about UVa's three point defense. In all five of UVa's ACC losses the other teams have shot well from three point land, and this game was no different. The Hurricanes used a barrage of threes and shot 52% behind the arc to keep UVa at bay. Miami's key three point shooter was Davon Reed who was able to shoot 5-6 from three including 3-3 in the second half.
Even though it was a loss for UVa, 5th year guard Malcolm Brogdon continued his quest for the ACC player of the year honors by dropping 28 points, including 17 in the 2nd half. If not for Brogdon, Miami would have likely won by double digits.
The sad part for UVa was the lack of support Brogdon got the entire game. No other Cavalier was able to register double digit points and the closest contributor was London Perrantes who scored all of his 9 points in the second half.
The loss puts a sever damper on UVa's quest for a third straight ACC regular season title as they now sit 1.5 games behind UNC and now a full game behind Miami The Hoos will have a chance to cut into UNC's lead this weekend when the Tar Heels come to Charlottesville.