Trailing 44-30 at the half on the road against Louisville, most UVA fans thought the game was over. Not many would have believed you, if you told them that with 3:25 left in the game, Virginia would be leading 70-68. That is exactly what happened. We went on the road and played the best team in the conference to the wire.
Tony shared his thoughts on the game……
Mamadi Diakite – B-
Diakite played the entire 40 minute game. He scored 10 points on 3/11 shooting. Diakite only had 2 rebounds and 1 block. Louisville won the rebounding battle against us 31-19 and that was one of the main reasons we lost. Mamadi’s offense was okay, his defense was okay, but the 2 rebounds was a problem.
Tomas Woldetensae – A+
Tomas played his best game of the year. He reminded you of Kyle Guy, with the way he was raining threes. When we got Tomas Woldetensae in the offseason everyone heard how good of a shooter he was. I figured he could get hot from three, but man, this was impressive. Tomas scored 27 points, shooting 7/10 from three. It was his second game of 7 three pointers this year. Him and Kyle Guy are the only UVA players to have 2 or more games of making 7 three pointers in a single season since the 2010-2011 season.
Kihei Clark – A
I would actually say Clark was the most important player yesterday for Virginia. He played all 40 minutes and Louisville did not have a player quick enough to stay in front of Clark. Clark was driving to the basket all night but not forcing bad shots. Clark’s stat line was 23 points on 8/13 shooting, 4/6 from three, 7 assist, 4 turnovers, and 5 rebounds. Clark was actually our team leader (tied with Jay Huff) for rebounds. I love Kihei Clark and the fight he plays with. Yesterday was one of his best games since he has came to Charlottesville.
Braxton Key – C
Key did not have an awful game but he really did not make the impact we need from him. He only scored 7 points and had 4 rebounds. Braxton is one of the best defensive players in the country and spent a lot of the game guarding Jordan Nwora, who is the frontrunner to become the ACC Player of the Year. Key really did not slow Nwora down, allowing him to score 22 points while shooting 7/14. As a UVA fan we know Braxton can play better and he will.
Jay Huff – B-
Jay Huff played 30 minutes and finished with 4 points on 2/5 shooting, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Huff is always hard for me to grade because I think he has the highest ceiling on the team even though he has not shown much. He is 7’1 and has moments where he looks dominate and then the next game he looks like a liability. At the end of the first half, Huff made probably the play of the game. He caught the ball at the three point line, faked the shot, then took a couple big steps toward the basket which resulted in an impressive dunk. In the second half, he air balled a wide open three, looked lost at times defensively but still managed to have some nice blocks.