Dave Leitao 1
Roy Williams 0
Just two weeks ago we were talking about new Virginia coach, Dave Leitao. So it doesn’t surprise me that after wins over Virginia Tech and Carolina, Virginia is above .500 in ACC play for the first time since the 2002-03 season. (Obviously, Leitao inherited a lot at Virginia).
The Times Dispatch shared that Leitao made an adjustment during the game that played an integral role in Virginia’s success:
In the second half, Leitao switched to a motion offense to combat the Heels’ aggressive perimeter defense, and the move paid huge dividends. The Cavaliers’ big men — all but invisible offensively in the first half — suddenly began hurting the Heels inside. Cain and Mikalauskas combined for 13 points after intermission.
How is this for a stat — even with Pete Gillen at the helm…Virginia has won six of its past seven games against UNC-CH at University Hall. Wow!! For the record, State has won two of its past seven games against UNC-CH at the RBC Center.
For at least the next month, many Wolfpackers will continue to scratch our collective heads wondering, “how Carolina could lost at home to Miami and on the road to a Virginia team that was the consensus last place choise in this year’s ACC and beat NC State by double figures?” Simultaneously, we also will continue to be harassed as the Tarheels with whom we work as they continue to own bragging rights over us. I’ve looked all around my office for some Georgia Tech fans to accost and have failed to locate any.
Maybe….just maybe….some games do mean more than others?