Posted on: November 27, 2008 11:33 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2008 10:14 am

Virginia Cavaliers Game Preview

Virginia Cavaliers 3-1

Virginia Starting Lineup:
G Calvin Baker Jr.
G Sammy Zeglinski Fr.
G Sylven Landesberg Fr.
G/F Mamadi Diane Sr.
F Mike Scott Soph.

Key Bench Players:
F Jamil Tucker Jr.
G Jeff Jones Soph.
C Tunji Soroye Sr.

Previous Game: The Cavs lost at home to the Liberty Flames 86-82. The game was a shootout, a combined 26 three's where made, each team accounting for 13. Liberty shot 50% from behind the arc, and in the end Stephan Curry's little brother Seth was too much to handle, as he ended up with 26 points.

Game Preview: Virginia could be 0-4 right now, with 3 games decided by 4 points or less and one very close 10 point win over VMI they have been able to pull off the wins. They wont be so lucky v. Syracuse. UVA is too small to play with Syracuse, with 4 starters at 6 foot 5 or shorter they will have a hard time rebounding, especially when Cuse is in man and it's easier to box out a player rather than being in a zone defense. The Virginia defense is also suspect, allowing 3 of the 4 opposing teams to shoot 50% or better, that type of defense won't cut it against a high powered run and gun Syracuse team. Virginia is going to be led by 2 freshmen (sound familiar Cuse fans?), Sam Zeglinski and Sylven Landesberg. Zeglinski likes to shoot the 3 while Landesberg is a slasher who can get to the FT line. I don't see them having too much success in their first big time away game. Expect Virginia to try and shoot over the zone, like every other team, watch for previously mentioned Zeglinski and Jeff Jones, who comes off the bench. They are Virginia's 2 best outside shooters.

My Prediction: Like every other team Virginia is able to knock down a few 3 pointers but Onuaku is once again too much down low, recording yet another double-double. Flynn continues his All-America like season with another 20 plus point performance with 5+ assists. Cuse wins 82-69.

Final Score: 73-70 Syracuse
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