Virginia 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule
Virginia Cavaliers - ACC (20-10, 11-5)
Seed: #4 - South Region
Big Wins: 11/12 Arizona (93-90), 2/1 Duke (68-66), 2/6 at Maryland (69-65)
Bad Losses: 12/20 vs Utah (70-94), 3/3 at Wake Forest (72-78), 3/9 vs NC State (71-79)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2001, First Round Loss to Gonzaga
Coach: Dave Leitao (1-1 in 1 NCAA appearance)
Probable Virginia Starters:
Sean Singletary, Junior, Guard, 18.9 ppg, 4.6 apg, 4.5 rpg
J.R. Reynolds, Senior, Guard, 17.8 ppg, 4.0 apg, 4.0 rpg
Mamadi Diane, Sophomore, Guard, 9.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg
Jason Cain, Senior, Forward, 6.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg
Tunji Soroye, Junior, Center, 1.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Key Roleplayers for Virginia:
Will Harris, Freshman, Forward, 3.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg
Adrian Joseph, Junior, Forward, 7.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg
Jamil Tucker, Freshman, Forward, 3.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg
Laurynas Mikalauskas, Sophomore, Forward, 3.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg
Ryan Pettinella, Junior, Forward, 3.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Why They Can Surprise:
Virginia has two of the best scorers in the conference with Sean Singletary and J.R. Reynolds. Singletary is an excellent long range shooter and will get into the paint and finish on a regular basis. The point guard averages 4.6 assists per contest and will find his teammates when he cannot get to the basket himself.
And one of those teammates who will receive some of those assists from Singletary is Reynolds. The senior will take a few less three’s than his backcourt mate, but otherwise the numbers are very similar. Both players average over 17 points per game and get to the free-throw line over five times per contest. Mamadi Diane joins Reynolds on the wing and is the team’s third scoring option.
Why Virginia Can Disappoint:
While Singletary and Reynolds combine for over eight assists per game, the Cavaliers do not share the ball very well for having such a potent offense. As a team, Virginia dishes out just 13.0 assists a game and turn the ball over 13.9 times. Singletary and Reynolds are the only players on the team with a decent assist-to-turnover ratio and even they average at least three turnovers per game a piece.
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Who To Watch:
A handful of players have taken a shot at playing in the Virginia frontcourt. The lone staple to the lineup is Jason Cain. The 6-10 senior is a solid rebounder, but he will rarely be a proficient scorer under the basket. Adrian Joseph is a great athlete and, at 6-7, does most of his damage as a slasher. While neither are threats to score, Laurynas Mikalauskas and Tunji Soroye are true post players who will battle under the basket.
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