Surprising Cavs host young Yellow Jackets in Charlottesville
Charlottesville, VA (Sports Network) – Sitting just a game behind league-
leading North Carolina in the ACC standings, the 19th-ranked Virginia
Cavaliers head down the home stretch of the regular season, starting with
this afternoon’s conference clash with Georgia Tech from the John Paul Jones
The Cavs are 9-4 in league play this year and failed to keep pace with the Tar
Heels atop the league standings with Wednesday’s 68-60 setback at Miami. The
loss was just the second in the last 11 games for Virginia.
The Yellow Jackets are just trying to get back to .500 in league play and
have actually played well of late, winning five of their last six games,
including Wednesday’s 75-61 triumph over Wake Forest.
Tech holds a 36-27 edge in the all-time series with Virginia, thanks to wins
in six of the last seven meetings.
Javaris Crittenton was once again masterful for the Yellow Jackets, as the
freshman point guard tallied 22 points and nine assists in leading Tech to a
solid win over the Demon Deacons. Fellow freshman Thaddeus Young added 17
points in the victory for Tech which shot a solid .492 from the floor. Despite
the youth on the Georgia Tech roster, the team is one of the more explosive
offensive units in the ACC this year, shooting .489 from the floor and
wracking up 78.3 ppg. Crittenton is surely one of the top newcomers in the
conference as well as the nation. He leads the Yellow Jackets in both scoring
(14.6 ppg) and assists (150), while also pacing the team in steals (56). Young
continues the youth movement with 13.7 ppg.
Virginia blew a nine-point lead at the half, as the team went cold in the
second session, shooting a mere .273 over the final 20 minutes, in what turned
out to be an eight-point loss. Sean Singletary netted 17 points to lead the
Cavs in defeat. J.R. Reynolds followed with 13 points, while Jamil Tucker came
off the bench to notch 11 points in 16 minutes of work. Much like Georgia
Tech, Virginia’s run at the conference crown has been fueled by stellar play
at the offensive end of the court. Singletary and Reynolds have been one of
the better one-two punches in the country, with the pair combining for 114
three-pointers to date. Singletary currently leads the team in scoring at 18.4
ppg, with Reynolds almost matching that at 18.2 ppg. Mamadi Diane is the only
other legitimate scoring threat at 10.3 ppg.