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How They Could Win It All

Thursday, March 10, 2005; Page G08

Despite their mediocre record, few teams in the conference are as athletic as the Cavaliers. When healthy, forward Devin Smith is a big-time player with the ability to score inside and outside. Senior center Elton Brown can be very effective at times and takes up a lot of space inside. Gary Forbes has the potential to score in bunches -- he scored 21 in a Feb. 12 win over Virginia Tech and 23 in a Feb. 16 loss at North Carolina.

Freshman point guard Sean Singletary mostly plays under control and is willing to take big shots. Guard T.J. Bannister saved one of his best performances -- 15 points -- for highly regarded Wake Forest on Feb. 27.

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J.R. Reynolds is equally streaky, scoring 18 at home against North Carolina and then going scoreless in the rematch in Chapel Hill.

The Cavaliers have a nice blend of experience and youth, with two seniors, two sophomores and one freshman in their starting lineup. When they're running their offense effectively, the Cavaliers can score in a lot of ways. Five players scored 20 points or more in games this season, and five players are averaging at least 9.9 points per game.

Virginia's win over Arizona might feel even farther away than November, but the Cavaliers should have plenty of motivation: Coach Pete Gillen's job is definitely on the line.

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