Virginia men’s basketball stayed put as the fourth ranked team in the newest AP Poll, while Kyle Guy earned ACC Player of the Week after pouring in 30 and 21 points in the last two contests versus Marshall and Florida State, respectively.
Following the departure of several Cavaliers stars - Kurt Benkert, Quin Blanding, Micah Kiser - many pundits doubted Virginia’s chances in 2018. Instead, the Hoos finished the season with eight wins, something the program had not achieved since 2011. Looking back, Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall accredits much of the success to simple, hard-work – even on Christmas day. For senior wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus, who endured Christmas practice and capped off his UVa career as the Belk Bowl MVP, the approach was worth it, “Coach Mendenhall will always have a place in my heart how hard he pushes us.”
Despite his efforts of late, Kyle Guy’s NBA buzz continues to lag behind what teammates De’Andre Hunter and, more recently, Ty Jerome have received in the early parts of the season. We’ll see if that narrative changes for Guy, who leads UVa in points per game at 15.8, as 2019 progresses.
Though Virginia maintained its position in week ten’s AP Poll, the team did jump into the top spot of the coaches poll. UVa surpassed Duke, who led both rankings last week, this time around with 11 first-place votes.