Hunter averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds through 33 games this season. March Madness is officially upon us.
While those teams are certainly most comparable to the current Virginia bunch, and the Cavs should handle UMBC easily, a second round game against either Kansas State or a Marcus Foster-led Creighton team could present a challenge.
UVA, Virginia Tech, Radford, North Carolina State, UNC, Duke, North Carolina Central, Davidson and UNC Greensboro are the nine teams that made it into the field of 68, with the Cavilers leading the field as the top seed in the tournament.
Virginia's NCAA Tournament is not off to a good start.
"He comes from a great coaching family", Virginia coach Tony Bennett said of Odom.
Lyles knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer to lift the Retrievers to their America East title over Vermont and will need even more heroics against a stingy Virginia defense. Perhaps the Cavaliers' top pro prospect, Hunter had the athleticism and skill to excel in one-on-one situations both inside and on the perimeter.
The Cavaliers have allowed only one opponent to shoot 50 percent against them this season and have gone 34 straight games without allowing 70 points while allowing the fewest points in the country this season (53.4 per game). Boyle and Cal eliminated Virginia in the 2009 tournament.
Another possibility is that Virginia's slow style leads to fewer possessions.
"Any time you're playing in March, what more can you ask?" "The moment never gets too big for them, and they're natural leaders". The reason fans are so drawn to it is that very unpredictability. He's the one player on that team that can, offensively, can score in any situation, because he's got size, can work in the mid-range, not much of a three-point shooter, he's the best pro prospect on the team. "This is a devastating blow to a team that had every reason to believe that it was in position to win a national championship".
Jake Blank is a Senior Sports Editor for The Cavalier Daily.