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Ty Jerome, De’Andre Hunter and Virginia football for your Friday morning

It’s game day, y’all.

NCAA Basketball: Virginia at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this week on STL we brought you our projected starting five for basketball season, our Kyle Guy player profile and news about Francesco “Franky” Badocchi’s leave of absence. On the football side of things, we covered the tonight’s Pitt matchup in our complete game preview.

Here’s what else is happening around the corner:

Top 20 lead guards: Depth dominates with elite scorers across the country (The Athletic) $$

Yours truly Ty Jerome comes in at No. 14 in The Athletic’s ranking of the top 20 lead guards in the country.

De’Andre Hunter Can Fix Virginia’s Tournament Blues, If They Let Him (The Ringer)

Hunter, a redshirt sophomore, is the best NBA prospect Tony Bennett has ever coached in Charlottesville. His talent is clear, but how he’ll fit in Virginia’s offense this season isn’t quite as black and white.

Clemson is king in the ACC...So who’s the second-best team? (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Mike Barber has Virginia coming in hot as the second best team in the ACC behind Clemson. The Virginia Tech Hokies, Syracuse Orange, N.C. State Wolfpack and Boston College Eagles also get nods as the conference’s most talented teams.

UVA aims to be ‘prone to violence’ in matchup with Pittsburgh’s rushing attack (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Virginia will need to be physical on defense against the Pittsburgh Panthers on Friday. Mendenhall has been telling his men to be “prone to violence,” — “That’s just the game of football. That’s the phrase we’re using this week,” co-defensive coordinator Kelly Poppinga said.

TOTD:

Things are looking good for both Virginia field hockey and Tony Bennett’s basketball team.