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Cavaliers Journal: January, 2012

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Possessions, points likely to be limited Tuesday when Virginia hosts Clemson

In all likelihood, offense will not be in abundance at John Paul Jones Arena tonight because the Cavaliers (17-3, 4-2 ACC) and the Tigers (11-9, 3-3) employ defense-oriented systems that very often cause the games in which they play to be low on possessions.

By Steve Yanda  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Teven Jones’s early arrival also helps Virginia gauge future recruiting needs

Having Teven Jones at Virginia earlier than expected will give coaches a better idea of what pieces will work best around him from future recruiting classes.

By Steve Yanda  |  08:01 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 01/30/2012

VCU Coach Shaka Smart: ‘Best programs in the state are in the CAA. It’s really not even close’

Shaka Smart created a bit of a stir Monday morning when the VCU basketball coach said that “the best programs in the state are in the CAA. It’s really not even close.”

By Steve Yanda  |  01:42 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 01/30/2012

Virginia basketball used post-trap defense to N.C. State’s C.J. Leslie in second half Saturday

The Cavaliers effectively countered a size disadvantage vs. N.C. State by trapping down low, a strategy they might use more in the coming weeks.

By Steve Yanda  |  07:30 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Cavaliers Journal

Posted at 01:00 AM ET, 01/29/2012

No. 19 Virginia 61, N.C. State 60: Three up, three down

By Steve Yanda  |  01:00 AM ET, 01/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 AM ET, 01/27/2012

No. 19 Virginia 66, Boston College 49: Three up, three down

By Steve Yanda  |  01:35 AM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 01/26/2012

Virginia player to watch vs. Boston College: Akil Mitchell

The sophomore forward is expected to make his second career ACC start Tuesday vs. Boston College’s tall front line.

By Steve Yanda  |  07:30 AM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Cavaliers Journal

Posted at 10:01 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Early enrollment gives Teven Jones ‘head start’ on, off the court

Teven Jones takes a whirlwind route to enrolling early at Virginia and jumping right into the men’s basketball program.

By Steve Yanda  |  10:01 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Men's basketball

Posted at 07:43 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Virginia men’s basketball team to take 10-day trip to Netherlands, France and Belgium in August

Virginia men’s basketball team is taking a 10-day trip to Netherlands, France and Belgium in August.

By Steve Yanda  |  07:43 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Men's basketball

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 01/23/2012

A closer look at Akil Mitchell’s first career ACC start

By Steve Yanda  |  06:03 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Men's basketball

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Virginia basketball may utilize four-guard lineup more frequently given lineup limitations

With senior center Assane Sene absent because of injury, Virginia could use a small lineup to offset its depleted front court.

By Steve Yanda  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Cavaliers Journal | Tags:  Men's basketball

Posted at 11:56 PM ET, 01/22/2012

Virginia Tech 47, No. 15 Virginia 45: Three up, three down

Virginia’s “hat trick,” to use Coach Tony Bennett’s sarcastic term, of poor shooting from inside, outside and the free throw line was costly in the upset loss.

By Steve Yanda  |  11:56 PM ET, 01/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Cavaliers Journal | Tags:  Men's basketball

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 01/22/2012

Virginia head athletic trainer discusses timeline for Assane Sene’s recovery

Virginia senior center Assane Sene will be in a compression dressing splint for 10 days to two weeks following surgery Friday to stabilize his fractured right ankle.

By Steve Yanda  |  11:38 AM ET, 01/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Men's basketball

Posted at 07:46 PM ET, 01/20/2012

Assane Sene has ankle surgery, will miss about six weeks

Virginia basketball’s senior center is expected to miss about six weeks after undergoing the procedure on his fractured right ankle.

By Steve Yanda  |  07:46 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Cavaliers Journal

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/20/2012

Cavs free their minds, prove more superior than expected at Georgia Tech

Virginia Coach Tony Bennett called his team’s final practice before the Georgia Tech game “shaky,” but the Cavs shook that off for one of their best games of the season.

By Steve Yanda  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 01/20/2012

No. 15 Virginia 70, Georgia Tech 38: Three up, three down

Mike Scott scored a game-high 18 points but had plenty of help in Virginia’s win over Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

By Steve Yanda  |  09:20 AM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Men's basketball

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 01/17/2012

Sammy Zeglinski aims to recover, grow from poor shooting night at Duke

Virginia guard Sammy Zeglinski, right, has endured a number of shooting slumps over his career, but he seems to know how to fix them.

By Steve Yanda  |  11:36 AM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/16/2012

Virginia men’s basketball freshmen are providing quality minutes

Two games into the ACC schedule, Coach Tony Bennett has been unafraid to use Paul Jesperson, Darion Atkins and Malcolm Brogdon, and the youngsters have contributed.

By Steve Yanda  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Cavaliers Journal

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 01/13/2012

Duke’s Mason Plumlee tormented Virginia’s defense in second half

Duke made 11 of its first 14 shots after the intermission in Thursday night’s win over Virginia.

By Steve Yanda  |  09:29 AM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Men's basketball

Posted at 02:02 AM ET, 01/13/2012

No. 8 Duke 61, No. 16 Virginia 58: Three up, three down

By Steve Yanda  |  02:02 AM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Men's basketball

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 01/12/2012

Virginia at Duke: Jontel Evans’s offensive effectiveness may prove crucial for Cavs

Virginia junior guard Jontel Evans may play a big role Thursday night as the Cavaliers seek to win at Duke for the first time since 1995.

By Steve Yanda  |  10:36 AM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Recruit Teven Jones to join Virginia men’s basketball team a semester early

Teven Jones can’t play for Virginia until next season, but he’ll soon be practicing with the Cavaliers.

By Steve Yanda  |  04:54 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Men's basketball

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 01/10/2012

What to make of Cavaliers senior center Assane Sene?

Assane Sene, Virginia’s senior center, has improved in some categories this season but has stagnated in others, namely rebounding.

By Steve Yanda  |  10:40 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Men's basketball

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Cavs’ defensive improvement keyed by isolating opposing players

By Steve Yanda  |  04:51 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Men's basketball

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Mike Krzyzewski heaps praise on Virginia defense

By Steve Yanda  |  03:28 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Men's basketball

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 01/08/2012

No. 21 Virginia 52, Miami 51: Three up, three down

Every possession was vital in No. 21 Virginia’s 52-51 win Saturday over Miami.

By Steve Yanda  |  01:53 PM ET, 01/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Men's basketball

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 01/06/2012

Virginia men’s basketball: Three keys to successful ACC season

Coach Tony Bennett says the Virginia men’s basketball team will have to stay healthy, and out of foul trouble, if it wants continued success this season.

By Steve Yanda  |  10:41 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Men's basketball

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Virginia football coach Mike London to receive $2.1 million salary in 2012

Last week, Virginia football coach Mike London signed a two-year contract extension that increases his pay and provides for additional compensation for his assistants.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  04:18 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 01/03/2012

CB Chase Minnifield undergoes successful knee scope

All-ACC senior cornerback Chase Minnifield underwent a knee arthroscopy procedure Tuesday to address floating cartilage particles that nagged him for most of the 2011 season.

By Steve Yanda  |  05:31 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Football

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Veterans have helped Cavs ‘reel it back in’ at times this season

Experienced players Mike Scott, Sammy Zeglinski and Joe Harris have been the driving force behind Virginia’s success this season.

By Steve Yanda  |  02:50 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Men's basketball

Posted at 11:40 PM ET, 01/02/2012

No. 21 Virginia 57, Louisiana State 52: Three up, three down

Steve Yanda looks at Virginia’s hot shooters and its problem with turnovers, as well as other likes and dislikes.

By Steve Yanda  |  11:40 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Men's basketball

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 01/02/2012

Evaluating Virginia’s defensive performance against Auburn

For all the improvement Virginia’s defense made this fall, its showing Saturday had to be considered a step back.

By Steve Yanda  |  02:01 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Football

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 01/02/2012

Evaluating QB Michael Rocco’s performance against Auburn

Virginia may have come out on the losing end of Saturday night’s Chick-fil-A Bowl, but that wasn’t for lack of proficient play by its quarterback.

By Steve Yanda  |  12:41 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/01/2012

Auburn 43, Virginia 24: Three up, three down from Chick-fil-A Bowl

Virginia made costly and silly mistakes it had not often made this year in their bowl loss to Auburn. But how many Cavaliers followers don’t feel better about their football program’s standing today than they did at this point 12 months ago?

By Steve Yanda  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Football

 

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