Five takeaways from UVA basketball’s incredible win over #5 Baylor

The Virginia Knights were upset by the #5 ranked Bears by seven points in a final score of 86-79. We’ve got five ways to win.

This group is legit.

It’s probably the most obvious takeaway I’ve ever written, but if you couldn’t tell from watching the game, this UVA team is officially legit. I’m not talking about top-25 good, I’m not top-three in ACC good, not even sweet sixteen good.

I’m talking national champion is good.

Listen, maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself right now. But it’s hard not to. Baylor is not overrated at #5 in the nation. This is a tough national contender with smart, experienced players who beat you in March and a great, young talent (Keonte George) that has proven to be a winning formula for a multi-championship team. in the past. Consider how good coach Scott Drew is, the fact that Bayer both outscored UVA and made fewer turnovers than the ‘Hoos, and that’s the type of team that Baylor can beat against a Tony Bennett-coached UVA team. Victory looks even better.

Baylor is the perfect opponent to give UVA problems, not only because their best players are in the backcourt, but because they have the shooters to punish Pacline’s defense. In addition, the rush defense, which denies opponents in the middle of the court, eliminates most of the off-ball screens UVA used and pressures the ball handler, is similar to the type of defense that Bennett’s teams have had so many issues with. The past.

But no, UVA left the Bears with a shot of their own, a versatile offense that can beat you in a variety of ways and a defense that might not be the absolute top in the country, but is still good enough to shut down a high-powered one. Offense for meaningful stretches and allow the team to make significant runs.

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Virginia basketball is back to being a national contender. I told him there. Correct wahoos prove it to me.

Virginia overcame Bayer’s late run.

There was one point in this game when it looked like nothing could go wrong for the ‘Hoos. After going down by three to Baylor at halftime, UVA went on a 30-5 run to start the second half to pull within 22 points with 10:48 left in the game. At that time, it seems that the “Huos” were about to run away with him.

And, while the Huws eventually pulled out a seven-point win, there were some incredibly tense moments for Wahoo fans in the final ten minutes. But, to be honest, it just goes to show what a good win this was for Tony Bennett’s side.

UVA jumped out to a 22-point lead for the Bears on a 13-2 run that meant the game was back in contention as Keonte George and Adam Flagler fired shot after shot and the Baylor press gave every Virginia fan the most hated flashbacks. In a loss to Syracuse six years ago, the Huss beat Baylor’s press and were more effective overall, making 22 of 26 free throws in the second half, holding off Baylor.

That’s a testament to the fact that they’re a very good team and shows how Baylor is no slouch. Sure, it was exciting to run away to a 30-point win, but it shows the strength of Virginia and how valuable the veteran backcourt of Kihei Clark, Reece Beekman and Arman Franklin is to this team.

Armand Franklin is great.

As for Arman Franklin, he should be UVA’s MVP in three games this season. In three contests, he is averaging 18.3 points per game, shooting 52.9% from beyond the arc and 55.6% from the field. He also scored 26 points to lead UVA’s offense, finishing 7-12 from the field, 3-6 from deep and 9-10 from the free throw line, and had three steals against Bayer.

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There are a lot of players who have been absolute lights out basketball for this team and I’ll get to some of them in a second, but Franklin being that type of player is huge for this offense and this backcourt. Virginia struggled with Reese Beekman and Kehi Clark in the backcourt for two seasons because each was much better as a creator than a finisher on offense, and they didn’t have the right other guards around them to produce on the perimeter as needed.

While Franklin wasn’t that guy last season, he absolutely is this year. And, considering he’s maintained the impressive consistency he’s established over the last 12 games (28-58 from deep for 48.3%), this version of Franklin isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

UVA has got a front-court combination that works really well

And by that I mean no slight to Jaden Gardner. He’s still a very good player and as the season progresses he’ll get his moments for this team, I have no doubt.

But the combination of Ben Vander Plass and Kadin Shedrick in the frontcourt with UVA’s three starting guards proved to be unique. In 31 minutes against Bayer, Shedrick scored 17 points (6-6 from the field, 5-7 from the line) and had a pair of steals and a pair of blocks. He had two very impressive performances from the middle range which changed the calculation for opposing defenses. Not on the stat sheet, but he made life difficult for Baylor’s guards all night as a hedgehog and disruptor with ball screens.

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Meanwhile, Vander Plas scored 14 points (4-5 from the field, 2-3 from deep and 4-6 from the line). Additionally, he’s been nearly flawless defensively as he’s a huge threat to Wahoo’s defensive moves and his overall health as a defender has been put to bed.

This victory is more than basketball

After a hellish week for the UVA and Charlottesville communities, this win means the perfect world for everyone involved. There is no filling the void left behind by the tragic losses of LaVell Davis Jr., De’Sean Perry and Devin Chandler. No success on the court or field, after all, can not.

But, sometimes, sports can be an effective distraction, or even a therapeutic way to deal with traumatic situations. I know that writing this story is for me. And I know this win is for UVA fans, the student body, Charlottesville and the entire UVA athletics community.

That being said, let me once again point you to the GoFundMe fundraiser that was confirmed for the families of our tragic losses on Sunday. If you can, I strongly encourage you to consider donating to help these families through their difficult time. We really appreciate Streaking the Lawn.

Here’s a link to the Desean Perry family’s GoFundMe.

Here is the GoFundMe link for Devin Chandler’s family.

Lavel Davis Jr. Here is the family’s GoFundMe link.


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