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Looking like the ACC conference may come down to UVA- Syracuse




That was one ugly game against Pitt but my Wahoos pulled out the dagger with a second left to win by three at the Pete. Not the best showing by either team though I think both defenses deserve some credit. With Joe Harris only playing 26 minutes because of foul trouble (and James Patterson only playing 28 minutes for the same reason), Virginia got a big game from redshirt Sophomore Malcolm Brogdon, who had 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 16 points, none bigger than a 3 with less than a second left to give the team its 8th ACC win against one loss.

Akil Mitchell came to play too with 10 points and 12 boards as UVA and Pitt fought to a near standstill on the boards. London Perrantes had his usual steady game at the point, with no turnovers and 4 assists, the last one setting up the game-winning shot. Harris started slow and road the pines with foul trouble but scores most of his points during a key second-half stretch. Justin Anderson made two, athletic drives to the hoop, and while he had a quiet game on offense was a killer on the perimeter of the defense, part of a broader effort that held Pitt to 31.9% FG shooting -- Patterson was just 3-14.

UVA did miss a lot of easier looks inside and open looks outside and overall shot 40%, their worst offensive showing since the Duke game.

Virginia definitely has an easier schedule now than Syracuse. UVA plays BC at home, at Georgia Tech, home against Maryland, on the road against Clemson and Virginia Tech and at home against Notre Dame and Miami before playing a 3rd game in a row at home March 1 against Syracuse. There's no certainty UVA will sweep the pre-Syracuse games but there's a chance Virginia could 15-1 heading into the game with 'Cuse. After that game Virginia wraps up with a road game against Maryland.

In any case, congrats on the great win over Duke -- truly, an epic game. Hope to be playing you March 1 for the regular season crown.

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