Welcome to the land of the unknown, the land of frustration, the land of an uncertain future. It’s January, 2020, and Virginia basketball — 11 months removed from a national championship — is also somehow fewer than 24 hours removed from a loss to recent ACC cellar-dweller Boston College, a team that, prior to last night, hadn’t defeated the Cavaliers since 2013. That’s also the last time Virginia missed the NCAA Tournament. That’s no coincidence.

There’s a tough thing about being really good recently: expectations. And Virginia hasn’t only been “very good” recently. It’s been the best. From 2017–18 to…

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Ty Jerome is a fascinating NBA prospect. Two years ago, after a quiet freshman season, you would have been hard-pressed to find anyone who thought he’d be a future NBAer, much less someone who would leave school early to go pro. Jerome played just 13.9 minutes per game and averaged just 4.3 points per game. Then came a vastly improved sophomore campaign — and a vastly improved UVA team—but even then, the 2018 All ACC third-teamer was simply viewed as a very good college point guard and a perfect fit for Tony Bennett’s scheme, which relies on precise execution instead…

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To all you readers out there — I’m guessing mainly Virginia fans — let me get one thing out of the way:

Virginia is really, really good.

Sure, the Cavaliers aren’t perfect. No team is. But the ‘Hoos were undefeated longer than anyone else this season and are a few possessions away from still having an unblemished record. It’s hard to complain about this team. Take, for example, Tuesday’s 68–45 win over Wake Forest. Virginia played exceptionally well for the game’s first 10 minutes and then just ok for the next 30. They won by 23. You as a fan…

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There are few ways around it: For his first two-and-a-half seasons in Charlottesville, Jay Huff was a mystery. In essentially all competitive matchups, Huff and his lanky 7-foot-1 frame were glued to the bench in favor of guys who ran the pack line to near perfection.

And that’s ok.

There aren’t a ton of big men who come to college immediately ready to make an impact for a high-major team. Those who are usually fit the one-and-done type mold. …

I cannot tell you how incredibly lucky I’ve been to have the opportunities I’ve had over the past 15ish months. Sports have taken me places I never thought they would take me. I worked for SB Nation covering a bowl-winning Big Ten football team and a history-making basketball team. I worked for freaking Sports Illustrated, a place I only dreamed of working for. Hell, it seems like only yesterday I was digging through my dad’s mail pile back home, hoping to read SI before he could so we could discuss every issue together for hours on end. I worked for…

Zach Pereles

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