Virginia Cavaliers: NCAA Tournament Profile

Malcolm Brogdon is a big-time player for the Cavs. (AP Photo)

Malcolm Brogdon is a clutch three-point shooter and willing passer for the Cavs. (AP Photo)

Virginia Cavaliers (27-6, 16-2 ACC)- Virginia went wire-to-wire in the ACC, dominating one of the nation’s toughest conferences with a 16-2 record. The Cavaliers play tough, unforgiving man-to-man defense and don’t give away easy points. They guard very well in the team concept and swarm the ball in the paint.

Senior Joe Harris is perhaps the team’s best player, averaging 11.6 points per game. He’s capable of going for 20 or 30, though. Harris is a terrific shooter and routinely creates shots for his teammates. 6-5 sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon can also claim to be UVA’s alpha dog, as he puts up 12.3 points and 5.6 boards per game. He’s a good three-point shooter as well, knocking down the trey at 36%.

Head coach Tony Bennett is one of the nation’s best. He took Washington State–Washington State!–to the Sweet 16 a few years back and now has things rolling in Charlottesville. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Bennett bring this group to the Final Four.


1st Points Allowed per Game (55.1)

7th Opponents Field Goal Percentage (38.5)

3rd Points Allowed per Game (0.88)

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