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Tony Bennett is college basketball’s best defensive coach, Lars Tiffany welcomes top-ranked recruiting class

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Virginia sports just keep getting better.

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Yesterday we brought you a recruiting update, a look into what our staff foresees for Virginia’s ACC slate this season and a Q&A with Card Chronicle going into Virginia football’s afternoon game against Louisville tomorrow. Here’s what else you might have missed outside of STL on Thursday.

The coaches most known for offensive, defensive excellence (ESPN Insider, $$)

ESPN Insider John Gasaway gave Tony Bennett and the pack line defense some much-deserved praise for the program’s defensive prowess.

“Tony Bennett is very, very good at defense. Who knew, right? Actually, Bennett wins this statistical derby in a walk, putting as much numerical space between himself and No. 2 as there is between Nos. 2 and 8. No unit on either side of the ball has dominated its conference over the past five years the way Virginia’s defense has dominated the ACC.”

You don’t have to tell us twice. Gasaway goes into detail about how the Cavaliers have found such success with their system.

Warning: if UMBC is still a sore spot for you, you may want to pass on this one.

2018 Recruiting Issue: Top 20 Incoming Men’s Classes (Inside Lacrosse)

Virginia men’s lacrosse continues to trend upwards under Lars Tiffany as the third-year coach welcomes the top-ranked recruiting class of 2018 to Charlottesville. The Cavaliers’ group, led by goalie Patrick Burkinshaw, leads the to- 20 classes followed by defending national champion Yale, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Johns Hopkins.

TOTD:

Bronco Mendenhall gave two more ‘Hoos their numbers ahead of Saturday’s Week 4 game against the Louisville Cardinals, the team’s first ACC contest of 2018.