Everything is right with the world

It's raining and dreary outside my window this morning, but all is still right with the world. Virginia is undefeated, and sitting in first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. UNC lost last night. Duke lost last night.

Heck, even Georgetown went into hostile territory and defeated #11-ranked Pittsburgh, who was previously unbeaten in Big East play. (I'm sorry to confess to divided loyalties; I'm a UVa grad -- CLAS 1996 -- but I'm also a graduate of Georgetown Law. Gotta root for the Hoyas, too.)

Anyway, everything just seems a little brighter today, doesn't it? It's good to be a Hoo.

Hoos open ACC play with nice win

The Cavalier men's basketball team played perhaps their most complete game of the season this afternoon in Raleigh, NC. It couldn't have happened at a better time: the opener of the ACC season. With a victory over NC State, the Hoos are now 1-0 and in first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Sylven Landesberg had 23 points to lead the Hoos. Mike Scott had 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Sammy Zeglinski scored 10 and pulled down 8 boards.

The most encouraging aspect of the game was that Virginia really took care of the ball, much more so than we've seen out of the team all year. Zeglinski had only 1 turnover in 36 minutes of play; Calvin Baker had three assists and no turnovers. Yep, you read that right: Calvin Baker. The kid is playing under control, and he's been a big asset to the team.

Virginia was down by ten points midway through the second half, but they clamped down on defense (we haven't seen that often) and they looked determined to come back. Too frequently this season, this team has looked defeated when they got behind late in games. Today, no heads were drooped, and no one on the roster quit.

I've been saying it all season: Tony Bennett has this team pointed in the right direction. It's taken some time, but today we all saw some real evidence of the progress Virginia has made thus far.

Nice ACC debut for Coach Bennett, on the road no less. Now he needs to forget about it. In the ACC, there's always another tough game around the corner. For Bennett, that means a contest against Georgia Tech, who beat the Evil Empire today.

I hope to see JPJ full and rocking for that game on Wednesday night.