Now that we are getting into the heart of the spring season, we are bringing back our ‘Ten Points’ segments. And what a weekend to kick start this series off on.
The picture included is a (1) Crow, and I will eat a little bit of it this weekend. I went on WKAV on Friday and pretty much said the Hoos had little to no chance to win the basketball game Saturday. (Click on the logo below to hear).
But was I surprised to see that the Hoos actually had a very consistent game for two halves. And when Mustapha Farrakhan has a good night, you can write off most any opponent. Both of those items lead to a 61-54 point victory and a sweep of the Hokies for the year. Now without running around thinking that everything is right with the world, to even think about post season play, we would need to go 3-1 over the last four games to get to the NIT, and 2-2 to get a CBI invite. 16-13 and 7-9 in the ACC would be a small miracle and give the youngins a chance to play in a post season. This week we head to Georgia Tech and then get Boston College at home.
Second Best Sweep of the Weekend
The basketball team is not the only team “sweep” worthy. The (2) Baseball team started off their season with a sweep in the Auburn Tournament. Hultzen started the opener and looked like he hadn’t missed a step. Danny had 6.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 10 K, 1 BB pitching and 2-for-4, 3 RBI in a 6-4 victory over UAB. Next up was Tyler Wilson’s debut in the starting rotation, and he did not disappoint. The 4th year had six shutout innings and the Hoos cruised to a 13-2 victory. Last up was Arkansas State, which was no match to Cody Winiarski, who also pitched 6 scoreless innings while striking out 6. Next up is VMI on Wednesday and a weekend set with ECU.
What The Heck, One More Sweep
This one is really special. While last year the Cavs set an impressive record for ACC titles, it wasn’t until Saturday til the Hoos got number one. The (3) Women’s Swimming and Diving team won its 4 straight title by rallying on the final day to edge out UNC. By doing simple math, you will see that the 4th years on this team won the ACC tourney EVERY YEAR. You will not see that in any sport for a very, very long time, except in...
Three Up, Three Down
1 UP. ...the (4) Men’s Tennis team is on the verge of their 4 straight National ITA Indoor Title. The Hoos have mowed down #16 Washington 4-1, #8 Illinois 4-1, and #4 Ohio State 4-1. Later today they face #3 Tennessee in a rematch of last years final.
2 UP. The (5) Softball team went 3-2 over the weekend at the ECU Pirate Classic including impressive wins over Kent State (8-0), Saint John’s (15-8), and Hofstra (2-0). Now Virginia has the tough duty to head to Palm Springs for the weekend (sigh) to play the round-robin Cathedral City Classic. This will be the hardest test of the season as they will play national powerhouses in Hawaii and Arizona along with BYU, Utah, and Fresno State.
3 UP. With a lot left to prove, the (6) Men’s Lacrosse team squeaked out a 12-9 home win over Drexel. The good news is the offense is clicking and showed it can score when needed. Concern was Adam’s absence in goal, but Rob Fortunato filled in very well, earning the W, while saving 12 shots. Next up this week is a home game against Mount St. Mary’s and a tough road game against Stony Brook.
1 DOWN. Just when it looked like the (7) Women’s Basketball team was on the rebound, no pun intended, they dropped a huge game to Boston College Sunday 73-50, that saw the Hoos shoot 6 for 30 in the first half. Now the Hoos have Duke at home on Thursday before heading to Tech to wrap up the regular season.
2 DOWN. Not getting any help from the NCAA schedule makers, the (8) Women’s Lacrosse team had to open at #12 Loyola and never got into the game, losing 15-8 to the Greyhounds. They will get a little bit of a break on Wednesday, playing Richmond, before going on their third straight road game at Syracuse.
3 DOWN. While the (9) Men’s Golf team was the 2nd best team at the John Burns Intercollegiate, they shot a disappointed 294 on Day 1, which left them in 7th place. They ended up 3rd by the end of the weekend, and John Hurley tied for 1st in individual, but if they start that way against tougher competitions, like NCAA’s, it will be a lot harder to rebound. But hey, it was a great weekend for the teams, and if this is a down, I don’t want to be up.
Hoo of the Weekend
I’m giving the Hoo, or rather Hoos, of the Weekend to the (10) Women’s Tennis team. Hosting the ITA National Team Indoors is a big deal. And when you are outside the top 16 teams, you have the pressure to win to prove you belong with the nations elite. Well that’s just what they did this weekend with a huge upset of #3 Baylor (4-3). The Women won the doubles point and then went up 3-0 with wins in the #6 and #3 singles matches, but the lead evaporated when the #4, #5, and #1 seeds all pulled off victories for the Bears. It came down to the #2 matchup and Lindsey Hardenbergh. Her match was 6-3, 5-7, 6-6 at the time going into a tie break. Lindsey came out and fought back and forth with Diana Nakic, until she got two breaks and won. It was one of the biggest wins in the program’s history on a huge stage. The Hoos would end up dropping the next match to #6 Duke 4-2, but won the consolation/3rd place matchup 4-0 over Northwestern. Congrats to the Women’s Tennis team and look for them to vault up in the rankings come this week.
The ‘and one’ segment is where we talk about issues outside of UVa. This week we ask, “Who wants to be #1 in College Basketball?” In past seasons we have a good list of about 7 or 8 teams who will fill out the the top of the NCAA brackets, but this is the third weekend where multiple teams in the top 5 have lost. Purdue over Ohio State. Nebraska over Texas, St. John’s over Pitt, West Virginia over Notre Dame. I both pity and envy the selection committee this year as it will be nearly impossible to pick or mess up picking the top 4 teams. This year, it should be ANYONES title to win.