Originally written November 04, 2013 on Lambeth Field:
This season could not start fast enough. Since most UVa fans have been done with football for about a month now, the Men’s Basketball season will be a breath of fresh air and renewed hope. For the first time since the 2001-2002 basketball season, Virginia will start the season ranked in the Top 25: 24th in the AP and 25th in the coaches. Combine that with a preseason pick to finish 4th in the new 15-team ACC and you have very inflated expectations for the season. But why so high on the Hoos? It starts with the team, and mainly, their depth.  The Hoos have only made the tourney 1 year under Bennett, in 2011 with Mike Scott, and barely scraped in because of late season injuries. Last year’s team was tested with players out at key times during the year and suffered some pretty bad losses that kept them out of the NCAA and put them as a 1-seed in the NIT. This year the key ingredients are all there: go-to player, solid starting lineup, and players off the bench. In Part I of our pre...
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