ACC day 4 - Virginia is for lovers... of defense

ACC day 4 - Virginia is for lovers... of defense
March 15, 2014, 12:45 pm
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The Virginia Cavaliers the top seed in the ACC tourney got a 64-51 win over Florida State Friday. The win means the Cavs are in the ACC semifinals for the first time since 1995, the longest drought in the ACC.

Notes & Observations

The game marked just the Cavaliers' third game in 14 days, the last being an overtime loss in the ACC regular season finale to the Terps in College Park, MD.

The Cavs didn't care about their lack of games played coming into the tournament. They took care of their bodies during the downtime and it showed in their legs in the second half against the Seminoles.

FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton told me his team ran out of gas in the 2nd half because Virginia uses almost all of the 35 second shot clock, they're so unselfish that you tire giving chase.

With their 26th win of the season, Virginia is one of three teams (NC Central & Southeast Missouri State) in the nation to improve its win total in each of the past five seasons.

DEFENSE

Virginia owns the number one scoring defense in the nation.

Florida State show 42% from the field,  UVa has held 20 consecutive opponents under 50 percent shooting.

UVa's bench was pretty good too outscoring FSU's 26-9.

Seniors Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell had lost four straight ACC tournament games.  Akil told me he was happy to get that out of the way finally, Harris told me it wasn't on his mind, but he like that his senior class was part of building a program that has Cavalier Nation thinking about the days of Ralph Sampson.

They face Pittsburgh in Saturday's semifinal, 1 p.m. tipoff.

Last time they faced the Panthers, Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 2.  The Cavs won on a  Malcolm Brogdon 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left, 48-45 the final.