Hello and GO HOOS!

Hey there! I’m creating this blog as a place to consolidate my thoughts and do a deep dive on all things UVa basketball or, more specifically, the topics that I find interesting and want to explore in detail. The primary purpose will be just for my own enjoyment, as I am an avid fan of the men’s hoops team and am so grateful for the era that Tony Bennett’s arrival has begun, but I will share this content in case there are others who are interested.

I found myself scouring the internet, especially during the season but also throughout the year, looking for detailed analysis on the team – but most of the conversation is limited to chat rooms, twitter discourse, and traditional game preview/recap style content. My favorite part of being a fan is the detailed analysis: who is playing, what strategies are being implemented both from an in-game perspective, from a roster construction/utilization/recruiting strategy perspective, and from a historical perspective. I like to think critically about what is going well, what isn’t, and why that’s the case; because part of the fun for me is to consider what I would do in the same position. What would I change? What would I keep the same? What do I think the take aways and lessons learned are? If you’re reading along, surely you will agree with me at times, and disagree others – and hopefully that will be part of the fun for you as well. As such, much of the time I may be critical about what’s going on, decisions, players, etc., because it’s more of a challenge and more fun (for me) to think about what to improve. But I am thrilled with the total body of work and the culture that has been created during the GOAT’s short tenure, and firmly believe he is the best thing to happen to UVa athletics:

I also have so much appreciation for every player who puts on that uniform and their commitment to the program!  

Most of my content, will attempt to harmonize information that we’re getting from statistical information with video clips pulled from re-watching the games (where available). The film will be important to see if the numbers match the eyeball test. In a way, this site is kind of like if someone asked me to “show your work” when having opinions about the team.

So, who am I to be giving all of these opinions? No one, really. A fan! I grew up on the outskirts of Charlottesville near Ivy, Va, and graduated from UVa in 2006, after which I moved to the D.C. suburbs. I played AAU ball growing up, played for my high school varsity team, have coached some at the youth level… but mostly, am just someone who enjoys watching, dissecting, and absorbing the game. This is where I will try to organize my thoughts in so doing. Come along with me if you’d like!

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