Inside the Numbers: Key factors in UVA basketball upset loss at George Washington

uva-basketballDefensive inefficiency George Washington averaged 1.07 points per possession in its 73-68 upset of sixth-ranked UVA on Monday.

And yeah, that’s a lot against the Pack-Line. Virginia led the nation in 2014-2015 in defensive efficiency, giving up .862 points per possession on the season.

The second half was like a layup drill for the Colonials, who scored on 13 of 16 possessions in one 10-minute stretch, and put up 1.20 points per possession for the final 20 minutes.

 

Off night for LP London Perrantes wasn’t his usual efficient self. KenPom.com had his offense rating at just 59. The junior point guard had five points on 2-of-8 shooting, with two assists and three turnovers in 33 minutes.

 

Brogdon stepped up late Malcolm Brogdon scored 11 Virginia points in a row in a stretch beginning at the 5:17 mark of the second half in which the Cavs cut a nine-point deficit to four.

Brogdon got off to a slow start, scoring just two points in his first 16 minutes on the floor, but he ended up with a game-high 28 points in 38 minutes, shooting 9-of-18 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line, to go with a team-high eight rebounds and team-high four assists.

His KenPom.com offense rating was 128.

 

What happened to Tobey? After scoring a team-high 10 points in 15 minutes in the first half, Mike Tobey took just one shot from the field in the second half, on Virginia’s first possession.

He still played 15 minutes in the second half, but only contributed three rebounds and a personal foul.

 

Gill needs to figure out how to stay on the floor Anthony Gill was Virginia’s second most effective offensive player Monday night, per KenPom.com, with an offense rating of 121. But Gill was only on the floor for 23 minutes because of early foul trouble.

Gill got just seven minutes in the first half, scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting.

Gill finished with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting with five rebounds.

 

The other guys Brogdon, Tobey and Gill were a combined 17-of-34 from the floor and 13-of-16 from the line, with 49 points in 91 minutes of playing time.

The other seven Cavs who saw action Monday night were 8-of-28 from the floor, without getting to the line, for 19 points in 109 minutes of playing time.

Perrantes, Darius Thompson and Evan Nolte each had five points. Devon Hall had two on 1-of-6 shooting from the field.

– Column by Chris Graham


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