jump to example.com

Chris Graham: The unlikely UVa. basketball turnaround

Tennesse 87, Virginia 52. Seems like an eternity ago, doesn’t it? UVa. left Knoxville beaten, battered, one of the bigger disappointments in college basketball.

uva-logo-new2Mere prelude.

The ‘Hoos have since won three straight to sit tied atop the ACC standings with #2 Syracuse and Pitt (who at 15-1 is somehow still currently unranked). Two of the three Virginia wins came on the road (at Florida State and NC State), and all three have been by double digits.

So, you know, what has been different about the team that had the doors blown off at Tennessee and the one that is now 3-0 in the ACC?

Akil Mitchell steps up: Mitchell has been a difference-maker of late, averaging 8.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game in the ACC after putting up just 5.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in non-conference play.

Malcolm Brogdon steps up: Brogdon is averaging 12.7 points per game on 54 percent shooting from the field in the last three. Prior to ACC play, Brogdon had averaged 8.4 points per game on 37 percent shooting.

Improved play from London Perrantes: The freshman point guard is averaging 8.3 points and 4.3 assists in the winning streak. In non-conference play, Perrantes had averaged 3.1 points per game and 2.7 assists per game.

Mike Tobey in the starting lineup: Tobey had 10 points and seven rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench in the ugly loss at Tennessee. Tobey hasn’t exactly lit it up since, going scoreless in 14 minutes in the 62-50 win at FSU, scoring six on 3-of-11 shooting in the 74-51 win over Wake Forest before breaking out for a team-high 16 points and seven rebounds in the 76-45 win over NC State. But it’s possible that his extra minutes have helped free up Mitchell.

Diminished role for Anthony Gill: The guy that Joe Harris said last year, when Gill had to redshirt after transferring from South Carolina, was the best player on the team in practice, has not shown that on a consistent basis this year, and his playing time has been limited with the rise of Tobey.

Fun facts: Virginia has averaged 70.7 points per game in the winning streak. The team had averaged 63.9 points per game in its first 13. … UVa. has not trailed in any of its three ACC games.

Discussion
 
Top News
 
a

Fishburne Military School preps for the Inaugural Parade

Fishburne Military School preps for its appearance the 58th Inaugural Parade with a march through the streets of Waynesboro.

Virginia hospitals to lawmakers: 'Do no harm' on healthcare

The Virginia hospital community is advocating a do no harm approach to state legislation on healthcare policy.

Poll: Virginians want restraint on healthcare policy changes

New polling from Mason-Dixon Polling & Research shows strong majorities of Virginians are concerned about the future of healthcare.

Suicide intervention training offered in February

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training program Feb. 23-24.

Street Knowledge with Chris Graham: UVA hoops going all-in with four-guard lineup?

Street Knowledge with Chris Graham talks more UVA basketball, and examines the Cavs' upcoming week in the ACC.

Tom Perriello on Affordable Care Act: Where does Ed Gillespie stand?

Tom Perriello, famously, voted for the Affordable Care Act in his one term as Fifth District Congressman.

New Myers Corner website online: Produced by Augusta Free Press

The Myers Corner development in Augusta County has a new website designed by Augusta Free Press.

Anatomy of failed government: Another look at the DuPont settlement debacle

So much wailing and gnashing of teeth in Waynesboro over being shut out of the $50 million settlement with DuPont, and for what?

NFL pulls monster ratings on Sunday: So much for the sky falling

So much for the narrative that we don’t like watching the NFL anymore. TV overnight ratings for Sunday’s two NFL playoff games were huge.

Virginia in a box on Medicaid, Affordable Care Act

Be careful what you wish for, because Virginia Republicans got theirs, and seem to want to give it back.

 
Recent News


Viewpoints


Hosts Chris Graham and Crystal Graham of Augusta Free Press highlight local news and newsmakers with an emphasis on the Shenandoah Valley on Viewpoints on WVPT.

Show airs Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m.

Your One-Stop Media Shop

Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including web design, magazine/brochure, TV/radio, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation.
  • Web Design

    You want a new website, but don’t have the first clue as to how to build one. That’s our job. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design and content development. Get your business online for as little as $1,299.
    Learn more about AFP Web Design services.
  • Graphic Design

    The staff at Augusta Free Press Publishing has been recognized by the Virginia Press Association for excellence in layout and design. Whether you need a fresh business card design, rack card, ad, flyer or full magazine design, we can help with all your graphic-design needs.
    Learn more about AFP Graphic Design services.
  • Marketing

    Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.
    Learn more about AFP Marketing services.