The Virginia Cavaliers have jumped out to a 8-0 start on the young season, dominating teams on the way. The average margin of victory has been 20 points per game and all eight of the wins were by at least nine points. UVA has seven wins of 12 or more points, which is tied for the most in the country. Those include wins over KenPom #68 Vanderbilt, #48 Rhode Island, and #45 Wisconsin.
More impressive than the final score is the fact that the Hoos have led almost the entire way. Virginia has played 320 minutes of college basketball this season and has only trailed for a total of 9 minutes and 45 seconds. They have only been tied for 16 minutes and 29 seconds. Here is what that domination looks like, in a fun 3-D pie chart:
Not only have the Cavaliers led for most of the season, they have jumped out to leads early and rarely relinquished it. The game vs. Rhode Island was the only time of the season UVA has trailed in the second half, and even so, it was only for a minute. Below is a visual representation of how much the Hoos have had the lead, using one minute increments.
Though this includes games against three opponents who are ranked in the KenPom top #75, tonight’s matchup at No. 18 West Virginia Mountaineers will be Virginia’s biggest challenge so far. If they can continue their trend of getting ahead early and holding on, Wahoo fans should have a relaxing, enjoyable time watching tonight’s game.
Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU.