2021 Tournament PreviewAfter withdrawing from the ACC tournament due to a positive COVID-19 test, the defending national champs expect to play in the NCAA Tournament. Assuming the Cavaliers are healthy, they will bring one of the nation's most efficient attacks to the field of 68. As usual for Virginia, it starts with controlling the pace. The Cavaliers have the nation's slowest adjusted tempo rating (per KenPom) and rank in the top 20 in both two-point and three-point field-goal percentage. They also take care of the ball with a top-20 turnover rate, largely due to junior point guard Kihei Clark (9.5 ppg, 4.6 apg). The main offensive catalyst is 6-8 senior Sam Hauser (16.0 ppg, 6.7 apg), who shoots 43.4 percent from 3-point range. Trey Murphy III joins him in hitting 42.9 percent from deep, while 7-1 senior Jay Huff (13.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.6 bpg) mans the paint. With their trademark style and plenty of weapons, the Cavaliers could make some noise -- assuming they get the chance.
Scouting Report Offense Defense
Efficiency N/A N/A
Pace 60.8 (343)
Effective FG% 55.43 (14) 47.99 (77)
Turnover % 13.62 (17) 13.72 (325)
Off Reb % 22.70 (307) 22.56 (14)
FTA/FGA 21.72 (340) 24.75 (31)
3P% 37.46 (23) 33.94 (181)
2P% 54.87 (22) 46.25 (45)
FT% 81.60 (3) 74.92 (319)
3PA/FGA 42.68 (46) 37.47 (176)
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Rankings
AP Poll: #15 Coaches Poll: #15 NET: #12 RPI: #22 RW: #42
Record
Overall: (18-7) Conference: (13-4) Quad 1: (5-4) Quad 2: (4-2) Quad 3: (5-1) Quad 4: (4-0)
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