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ACC Roundup - Virginia Goes Where Tony Bennett Has Never Gone Before And BC Upset By Hartford

At least not at Virginia

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NCAA Basketball: Marshall at Virginia
 Dec 31, 2018; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers Kyle Guy (5) reacts to a teammates play in the second half against the Marshall Thundering Herd at John Paul Jones Arena.
Lee Luther Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

You know the Bojangles thing where if UNC gets to 100 you get a free biscuit? Well, in Virginia’s case if the Cavs get to 100, you get Bojangle’s stock.


The ‘Hoos did get to 97 against winless Coppin State earlier this season and topped 100 Monday night vs. the Thundering Herd of Marshall.

We might be wrong about this but we think it’s the first time Virginia has topped 100 points since 2008-09 and that was against VMI when Digger Baucom was there and the Keydets were dedicated to running and gunning.

Kyle Guy finished with 30 points. There are games when that would be well more than 50% of Virginia’s point total.

You kind of imagine Tony Bennett sitting there quietly thinking what fresh hell is this? 100 points? A complete lack of discipline! And then...couldn’t I have had 21 of these against UMBC where I freakin’ needed them??

Oh wait, that was Ol’ Roy cross-channeling in. Never mind.

Anyway, it was a surprisingly potent output by Virginia which usually is so restrained offensively.

Even Jay Huff had 14 points off the bench. We know he’s capable, he just doesn’t get many chances.

It was a laugher for UVA from start to finish and a nice way to move into conference play. Just don’t expect it again any time soon.

In early December Duke beat Hartford in Cameron by 30. On the last day of December, Hartford beat BC in overtime 79-78.

A lot of it was self-inflicted. Coach Jim Christian said that Hartford thoroughly outplayed BC and that “It’s our team’s job to take ownership for it. This is basketball. They outplayed us. They probably got 30 loose balls that we didn’t get.”

Even so, Jordan Chatman, who is usually a really smart player, fouled Hartford’s Jason Dunne on a three pointer with 4.1 left. He hit all three which put the game into overtime.

Ky Bowman had a monster game for BC with a career high 44. He also grabbed 10 boards.

Nik Popovic, who was not very effective previously, has done well this year for BC and in this game he had 13 points and 10 rebounds. He’s averaging 13.8 ppg and seven rpg. He’s really made a nice advance in his game.

On Tuesday, Winthrop visits Florida State for a New Year’s dose of pain and Notre Dame goes to Virginia Tech. The Irish are having a tough season for various reasons while Virginia Tech is surging. You can’t rule the Irish out if for not other reason than Mike Bray is a superb coach, but an upset won't be easy.

Notre Dame @ Virginia Tech 1:00 ESPNU
Winthrop @ Florida State 2:00 ACCNE
Monday's Results
  • Virginia 100 Marshall 64
  • Hartford 79 Boston College 78

ACC Standings

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