Virginia, a Quicker Turnaroud Than Thought

Tony Bennett passed up the Indiana job and took the job in Virginia a year later. Hard to figure out, Indiana regardless, is still Indiana as Tom Crean put it.

Perhaps, Bennett did not want to be faced with the overhaul that needed to take place at IU. Initially it would seem UVA is in a difficult spot as well, and while there is a lack of top talent, this will get turned around no later than this year.

Mamadi Diane is the lone graduate from UVA last year leaving the cupboard full of players. Sly Landesberg should be the cornerstone of the program right now after a great freshmen year and should receive help from junior big man Mike Scott. For the future of the program, Bennett and staff are making progress on the recruiting trail, keeping Tristan Spurlock for this class and for 2010 landing Will Regan, James Johnson and KT Harrell.

The Cavs finished a lowly 10-18, but 7 losses were by 7 points or less. Offensively, UVA was putrid, but a bright spot for Bennett is defensively they ranked 64th in defense. Not a great number, but that is Bennett’s trademark side of the ball.

The ACC is a balanced and competitive league this year, most have the Cavs pegged for an 11th or 12th place finish. And while I’m not sure who they jump, I see UVA cracking the top 9 in the conference and being a thorn in the side of teams in the league for the foreseeable future.


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