February 2, 2015

I would like to say...

Tyus Jones looks like the leprechaun from the movie Leprechaun. That's all I've got.


Oh, and Justise Winslow is a scumbag. Way to misspell Justice, ya a-hole.


Tyus Jones made Three Point Jumper. Assisted by Matt Jones.
Quinn Cook made Three Point Jumper. Assisted by Justise Winslow.
Quinn Cook made Three Point Jumper. Assisted by Justise Winslow.
Matt Jones made Three Point Jumper. Assisted by Quinn Cook.
Quinn Cook made Three Point Jumper. Assisted by Jahlil Okafor.
Tyus Jones made Three Point Jumper.

Amid all the pleas of "we sucked down the stretch," and "Mike Tobey plays so soft," and "where the hell was Anthony Gill?," can we please just acknowledge that Duke went completely unconscious from three point range during the last ten minutes of the game? 6-for-7 during that stretch, and the only one they missed, they got a long offensive rebound. Most of those shots were contested, most of them from really deep, and all of them hit nothing but net. They went unconscious. If they shoot just 57% (4-for-7) on those threes instead of the 86% (6-for-7) they hit, we win the game. (On the season, opponents shoot 30% from deep against us, by the way.)

Lastly, on Tobey... We can't have our cake and eat it too. He's a finesse big man. He has flaws. If he had all the skill he has, and was ALSO a physical banger or thrives with contact, he would have been a McDonald's All-American and would be playing at Kentucky - or Duke! - right now. We accept (and embrace!) the various flaws and limitations in our other players, so why all of the Tobey bashing? I bet I could name 10 or 11 ACC teams that would kill to have Mike Tobey in their starting lineup right now. We bring him off the bench, and we bitch about him? Oh my, how spoiled we've gotten so quickly.

Carolina tonight. We win unless Duke beats us twice. GO HOOS!


  1. Hey K - seems like UVA is giving up a lot more "easy" layups (not just on transition) then last year. Do you think these are mental lapses or are teams starting to chip away at the pack line?

    1. Honestly and simply, I think we're just missing Akil Mitchell. Post defenders of that ilk are oh so very rare.

      Plus, Duke had a great gameplan (push hard) that UNC tried to emulate.

      But let's not get carried away. Rutgers (26 points), Harvard (27), and Georgia Tech (28) say hello. So do four other teams we held under 50 points, and nine others we held under 60. Our defense has been giving up more easy buckets, but I think it's just a hiccup. Head's not in the sand, but I think we're fine.

  2. I should add - it's been a terrific year so far and I love our guys - so not a huge criticism, just seems like I'm seeing it more