GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Some postgame thoughts from Virginia's 68-62 victory over Boston College.
One game down, one upset here. Trend?
A nice, feel-good win for the Cavaliers (15-15), who had lost nine straight coming in and had suspended leading scorer Sylven Landesberg for the rest of the season. Impressive the way Tony Bennett’s team came together and rose to the occasion.
This looked like the Virginia team that beat three ranked opponents in the first half of the season and got off to a 5-2 start in league play, not the team that staggered to the finish line. It is the Cavaliers’ first victory in this tournament since 2006.
Player of the game was Virginia’s Sammy Zeglinski, who hit big shots and passed with aplomb while spending time at both guard spots. Zeglinski came in averaging 8.8 points per game and had 16 at halftime. He finished with 21 points in 35 minutes of play and got nice support from big man Mike Scott (11 points, 13 rebounds).
For Boston College (15-16), the major question is why coach Al Skinner bailed on his leading scorer, Joe Trapani. Granted, the junior forward was having an awful game -- he was 0 for 6 in the first half -- but Skinner benched him for the final 13 minutes of the game. That seemed a bit extreme, given the way the Eagles were struggling for scoring options much of the game. Trapani finished with two free throws and five rebounds in 22 minutes.
Virginia now takes on No. 1 seed Duke tomorrow, which figures to be the end of the (Tobacco) road for the Cavaliers. They lost by 18 points at home to the Blue Devils in their previous meeting.