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Live Blog: UVA basketball opens season at home against UNCG

uva basketballChris Graham leads our live blog at the UVA basketball season opener Friday as the ‘Hoos host UNC Greensboro. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

 

Broadcast Information

  • The Virginia-UNCG game will be streamed online on ACC Network Extra (WatchESPN.com) and broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network, VirginiaSports.com and Virginia Athletics mobile app on iTunes or Android.
  • Live statistics will be located on VirginiaSports.com and the Virginia Sports app.

 

Hoo Are These Cavaliers?

  • Virginia returns three starters – Devon Hall, Isaiah Wilkins and Jack Salt – and five other letterwinners including Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome and Mamadi Diakite from last year’s 23-11 team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • Hall is UVA’s top returning scorer at 8.4 points per game, which marks the third time in school history that UVA started the season without a returning double-digit scorer (1998-99, Colin Ducharme averaged 7.8 ppg in 1997-98 and 1969-70, Chip Case averaged 7.2 ppg in 1968-69).
  • Wilkins averaged 6.8 points and was UVA’s top rebounder in 2016-17, averaging 6.0 per game.
  • Kyle Guy averaged 7.5 points and shot 49.5 percent from 3-point range, while Ty Jerome averaged 4.3 points point and shot 39.7 percent from beyond the arc.
  • Graduate transfer Nigel Johnson averaged 11.3 points for Rutgers last season and Salt averaged 3.7 points and 4.1 rebounds.
  • Redshirt sophomore Mamadi Diakite (3.8 ppg & 2.6 rpg) and redshirt freshmen De’Andre Hunter and Jay Huff are expected to be key contributors this season.
  • Marco Anthony provides depth and rookie Francesco Badocchi is expected to redshirt the 2017-18 season.

 
Discussion
  • 15 minutes ’til tipoff. #UVAvsUNCG

  • Jerome, Guy, Hall, Wilkins, Salt: UVA starting 5

  • First media timeout: UVA 6, UNCG 6, 15:18/1st. Devon Hall beat on a couple of backdoor cuts.

  • Not a lot of offensive fluidity early for UVA. Wilkins has a drive and a jumper, Hall with a drive. Guy 0-for-2.

  • Diakite first big off the bench.

  • UVA 8, UNCG 6, 11:00/1st. Slog. Early-season game. UVA offense has no ID. D like always.

  • UVA: 3-of-11 from the floor. Guy did get to the line on a dribble drive.

  • UVA 14, UNCG 8, 7:43/1st. Cavs 4-14 FG, UNCG 4-17. Guy 6-7 FT. Ugly early-season first half basketball.

  • Virginia content to pass around the perimeter. With no post game, going to need to penetrate more with dribble drives.

  • UVA 22, UNCG 16, 3:20/1st. Guy has 14, including two threes.

  • Half: UVA 29, UNCG 20. Cavs shoot 8-24 from the field, get to the line 14 times, making 11. Hold UNCG to 6-23 FG.

  • Kyle Guy having a solid night: 14 points, 3-7 FG, 2-3 3FG, 6-8 FT, 1 assist, 1 steal

  • Isaiah Wilkins: 9 pts (3-4 FG, 3-4 FT), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

  • UVA 36, UNCG 21, 15:50/2nd. Cavs on 12-1 run dating back to 2:18 mark of the first half.

  • UNCG hasn’t made a shot from the field for 7:46 dating back to the first half.

  • UNCG has scored on its last three possessions after the nearly 10-minute drought from the floor.

  • UVA 42, UNCG 28, 11:46/2nd. Spartans sort of hanging around right now after getting down 19.

  • UVA 44, UNCG 32, 7:42/2nd. Cavs have four points in the last 6:42.

  • Trying to remind myself what I said before the game. This is a work in progress.

  • A 19-point lead is down to eight. UVA leads 46-38, 5:19/2nd.

  • UVA has just six assists on 14 made baskets. Sign of stagnant offense, poor ball movement.

  • Quick 5-0 UVA run, including a Ty Jerome three, and ‘Hoos lead 51-38, 3:27/2nd.

  • Out of the timeout, Bennett called a high screen for Johnson, who lost the ball briefly, got it back, and got to the rim.