Cavaliers rout Albany 84-57

-Credit to Tony Dejak/Associated Press

By Don Aduba:

After a disappointing one and done exit in the ACC tournament, many “experts” including yours truly thought the Cavaliers were not deserving of the #4 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Hoos did all and more to disprove our opinions with a thrashing of Albany 84-57. The Cavaliers started fast to a 16-2 lead to put the America East champions and potential underdog out of the game eliminating any possibility of an upset. J.R. Reynolds had a tremendous first half with 22 points and finished the game with 28 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 5 three-pointers. First-team All-ACC point guard Sean Singletary, did a little of everything as he had 23 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. UVa also recieved contributions from unhearlded big men Tunji Soroye and Jason Cain. UVa held the Great Danes of Albany to 37% shooting with a solid defensive effort.

Up next for Dave Leitao and the Cavaliers is the #5 Tennessee Volunteers that defeated Long Beach State 121-86. Sunday’s game should be an intriguing matchup of guards as Sean Singletary and J.R. Reynolds will face a formidable duo in guards Chris Lofton and JaJuan Smith who together average 35 points per game. Tennessee also has a pair of athletic big men: Wayne Chism and Duke Crews that can potentially create some problems for UVa’s frontline. Although Tennessee has the depth and athleticism, Virginia can win this game if Singletary and Reynolds continue to shoot the ball proficiently while the big men can play within their abilities and score easy baskets with Tennessee focusing so much on Singletary and Reynolds.

It’s been a great basketball season for the Cavaliers’ win or lose but it’ll be sweet (pun intended) if the basketball team can get to the Sweet 16.


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