In the last tune-up game before conference play, Virginia pulled out a strong 74-39 victory over Wofford.
The game started off tight - even sloppy, with four turnovers in the first five possessions for the Hoos - the Cavaliers took command with a 14-2 run to close out the final six and a half minutes of the first half and didn't let up until the final minute.
Here are three takeaways from today's game:
As good as Joe Harris was last year, you can see him continue to improve. Not only can he hit it from just about anywhere on the court, and not only can he bring it down the court and run the point, what's particularly noticeable this year is that he's no longer a catch-and-shoot kind of player, demonstrating on a number of occasions that he can shoot off the dribble. Keep an eye out to see if this continues in conference play.
How about Doug Browman with some serious playing time? Browman, a walkon senior, played 23 minutes, and while he didn't take a single shot, he did contribute two rebounds and six assists. This probably speaks more to Taylor Barnette's non-development than Browman's ability, and you have to wonder when Barnette, who had originally signed with Central Florida, picks up his defensive game.
Mike Tobey picked up right where he left off after the Old Dominion game, putting up 19 points in 27 minutes and shooting 90% from the field. Again, the question is whether this is sustainable in ACC play. Toby, Harris, and Akil Mitchell combined for 20-23 from the field, each missing just one.
The real takeaway from the game is that there's not much we can take away from this. Wofford managed to fight back for a one point victory over Xavier, but at 6-6 on an unimpressive out-of-conference schedule, is not a team you want to use as a standard to measure how your own team is going.
Worth noting is that, after the game, Tony Bennett told the media that there have been no internal discussions on whether Jontel Evans, who has only played four games this year, might be taking a medical redshirt. Evans' foot injury continues to give him troubles, and he has not played in the past four matchups.
The Hoos open up conference play in Charlottesville next Sunday against North Carolina. Be there. Or be here.