Writer: Virginia ‘most overrated team” in the ACC
Virginia, wrote Rick Bozich at WDRB.com, on Friday, story posted at 6:50 p.m., “is firmly in the running for recognition as the ACC’s most overrated team.”
This was the conventional wisdom 24 hours ago, so no need to get too uppity about it now, right?
Louisville, per Bozich, for its part, “is scrapping for recognition as the league’s most underrated team.”
Probably fair. A lot of folks, me included, thought the Cardinals would struggle this year, and they have played well above those expectations.
Back to Virginia: “The Cavaliers were picked to finish second in an ACC Media Day vote. They’re currently parked in a three-way tie for fifth with Pittsburgh and Notre Dame. (Not guilty, folks. I didn’t attend).”
OK, yeah, tied for fifth, but at 5-3 in the conference.
“This is not the Virginia team that limited Louisville to 13 points in the first half in Charlottesville last season.”
Funny, isn’t it, that this is the Virginia team that limited to Louisville to 14 points in the first half on Saturday?
It’s almost like the guy anticipated that happening, writing it that way.
Bozich did have one nice thing to write ahead of the game.
“Virginia has three wins that are more impressive than any game Louisville has won – by 11 over Villanova, by 16 over West Virginia and by eight over Miami.”
Make it four, with the win by 16 at the Yum Center on Saturday, which puts a damper on how Bozich ended his column, assuming a Louisville win.
“Monday night against North Carolina becomes the Game of the Year in the Atlantic Coast Conference. And Virginia can forget about a third straight ACC regular-season title.”
Already moved on from that one. The bigger goal is still there for everybody.
– Column by Chris Graham
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