The Virginia Cavaliers basketball team has continued its dominance this season.
16-0. #1 in the coaches’ poll. #1 in KenPom rankings. #1 in the NCAA’s new NET rankings. The Hoos have won 12 of their 16 games by double digits. The Cavaliers have had 20-point second half leads in all four ACC games so far. They lead the entire country in scoring defense, 3-point defense %, and least turnovers per game.
Most impressive of all is how much time Virginia has spent leading opponents. The Hoos have only trailed in the second half once out of 16 games, a thriller against in-state rivals VCU. The chart below shows UVA’s season summary by minute, whether the Cavaliers have been leading, trailing, or tied.
That’s a lot of orange. VCU was the only team to have a second half lead against Virginia all season. The Hoos never trailed at any point against their last two ACC opponents, including the route of No. 9 Virginia Tech.
UVA has been in the lead for roughly 90% of the possible minutes they have played so far this season. That is very easy on the hearts of Cavalier faithful so far.
Virginia faces its greatest challenge today against the AP No. 1 Duke Blue Devils. Tipoff is at 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.