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Basketball previews optimistic about Virginia’s 2018-19 team, Chris Taylor comes in clutch for Dodgers

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NCAA Basketball: Virginia at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday on STL we brought you insight into Virginia football ahead of Saturday’s game against the Duke Blue Devils with a look at Bronco’s pregame routines and took a look back at Bryce Hall’s top-notch performance against Miami. As football season continues to progress, basketball preview season has begun. Here’s what’s happening around the corner — and heads up: it’s all basketball, baby.

College basketball rankings: The top 100 (and one) best players for the 2018-19 season (CBS Sports)

Three ‘Hoos got a nod in CBS Sports top 100 players of 2018-19 rankings. Kyle Guy sneaks into the No. 20 slot, De’Andre Hunter comes in at No. 35 and Ty Jerome takes No. 86.

No. 8 Virginia: How will Wahoos bounce back after loss to UMBC? (NBCSports)

NBCSports takes a deep dive into the upcoming season for Virginia as they continue their preseason previews. Rob Dauster examines the Cavaliers 2018-19 squad and writes that the biggest challenge facing Tony Bennett’s team this year is how they bounce back from the UMBC loss — a question that will largely be answered by how and where they play rising star De’Andre Hunter and the eligibility of Alabama transfer Braxton Key, who will be a crucial big man for the Cavaliers if cleared.

ACC Preview: Duke, Virginia, UNC Headline Another Deep Crop of Teams (Sports Illustrated)

Sports Illustrated continues it’s conference previews with a look at the ACC. In a conference filled with depth, talent and plenty of potential underdogs, the publication has Virginia finishing No. 2 in the ACC behind a loaded Duke team. The young Blue Devils, the Cavaliers and North Carolina round out SI’s top three ACC teams, with Florida State and Virginia Tech rounding out the top five. Take a look for previews, predictions and hot takes from anonymous coaches within the conference.

TOTD:

Virginia alum Chris Taylor came in clutch for the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS Tuesday night. The Dodgers won Tuesday and again Wednesday, taking a 3-2 lead in the series as they head back to Milwaukee.