Cavaliers Report: UVa looks to salvage season in the ACC


Cavaliers Report: UVa looks to salvage season in the ACC

Check back every Wednesday for the Cavaliers Report to get all the biggest Virginia headlines for each week, a recap of last week's game and a look ahead at next week's contest.

Virginia 1-3, (0-0) in the ACC

In the news

Cavs lose Doull, Levrone for the season: The school released an injury report on Monday revealing that offensive guard Ryan Doull, wide receiver Andre Levrone, linebacker Jahvonni Simmons, offensive tackle Jake Fieler and center Eric Tetlow are out for the season.

Doull suffered a concussion last season against Pittsburgh and has not played since. He has struggled to overcome his concussion symptoms.

Levrone is dealing with a lower back injury that has kept him out since the UCLA game.

Good to go: The news isn't all bad on the injury front. Cornerback Demetrious Nicholson will return after missing the Boise State game due to medical reasons. The Cavaliers will need him in the secondary as they prepare to face Tyler Boyd.

Receiver Doni Dowling has also been cleared to play. Dowling had surgery in February to repair a torn ACL.

Recruiting gains: Virginia currently has 25 verbal commitments for the class of 2016, tied with Army for the most in the nation. Three of those commits will enroll early.

Two-star tight end Christian Baumgardner, three-star running back Tre Harbison and two-star defensive end Matt Terrell will all enroll early and join the team next semester. Star ratings based on player ratings from

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Last week's game: Bye week 

This week: Virginia at Pittsburgh, Sat. 12:30 p.m.

The Cavaliers open their conference slate with a trip to Pittsburgh, hoping they fare better than their in-state rivals did at the hands of the Panthers last week.

You may be expecting a much better performance from Virginia just because of the level of competition. WIth all due respect to Pittsburgh, the Panthers are not the same level of team as UCLA, Notre Dame or Boise State. Defensively, however, the Panthers are just as good as anyone in the nation.

Pittsburgh enters this game ranked fourth in total defense coming off a week in which they held Virginia Tech to only 100 yards, nine on the ground. That does not bode well for a Virginia team that has struggled to establish their rush attack this season. The Cavaliers currently rank 123rd in rush yards per game.

The pass rush is one of the major strengths of the Pittsburgh defense, so expect Taquan Mizzell to get involved in the passing game again as Matt Johns will need a quick outlet to get the ball to.

Offensively the Panthers boast one of the top receiver in the conference if not the nation in Tyler Boyd. Virginia is allowing just over 285 yards per game which means Boyd could have a big day. The good news for the Cavaliers is that there is an opportunity in this game for their pass attack to finally generate some pressure. The Panthers have struggled to protect quarterbacks Nate Peterman and Chad Voytik. Generating pressure is essential to Jon Tenuta's aggressive defense and their inability to do so this year is a major reason for the unit's struggles.

Will Virginia see two quarterbacks from the Panthers? Possibly. Both quarterbacks have appeared in each of Pittsburgh's first four games, but Voytik's role seems to be diminishing. His pass attempts have decreased in each game with none last week as his only contribution to his team's efforts was five carries for 37 yards.

Pittsburgh came into last week's game wanting to get Voytik carries because Virginia Tech struggles against mobile quarterbacks. Virginia, on the other hand, has struggled against pocket quarterbacks. Boise State also had two quarterbacks to choose from and leaned heavily on pocket passer Brett Rypien. Obviously, the Broncos found successdoing so. Voytik will likely get few snaps if any on Saturday.

MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Maryland's starting QB won't be announced until kickoff

Not only did UMBC own Virginia on the court, they owned the Twitter world

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Not only did UMBC own Virginia on the court, they owned the Twitter world

They said it could not be done, no No. 16 seed would ever beat a No. 1 seed. The odds would be too great and the obstacle too steep.

As we all know, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), just proved that all wrong.


All season the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers dominated their opponents. They dictated pace, held opponents to less than 55 points, and smothered teams by forcing turnovers.

The roles filled on Friday evening and with an up-tempo 74-54 victory, UMBC proved the impossible.

The hardwood is not the only place that UMBC owned last night, they grabbed headlines, attention, and thousands of fans (literally) on Twitter.

Someone grabbed a hold of the UMBC Athletics Twitter account and took the upset by storm.

It all started when Seth Davis poked the bear:

and they were relentless.

Oh yeah, I forgot Seth Davis:

Then they started get snarky and owning everyone:

As someone who graduated from a commuter school, I can relate:

More Seth Davis:

Back to Twitter:

I guess that application wave actually was a thing or people wanted to know what ‘UMBC’ stood for:

Game. Set. History.

Now here come the shots against other schools:

Yeah, don’t jump on this bandwagon Terps fans. Stay in College Park:

I did not take long for other social media icons to start reaching out:

Oh and Seth Davis eventually did apologize:

Started the night at 5,588 and jumped up to 51.7 K. No one cares what you think Steven:

If you liked what you saw thank Zach Seidel, not an intern, not a student athlete who provided those tweets last night.

Zach, you just earned yourself a raise and we’ll see you in the Second Round.

NCAA Tournament 2018: UMBC vs. Kansas State Second Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

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NCAA Tournament 2018: UMBC vs. Kansas State Second Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

After shocking the world and doing what no other team has done before, the UMBC Retrievers are not done yet.

Yes, UMBC became the first No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 seed. And against a Virginia team that was the only dominant squad in all of college basketball, no one expected it (except Troy Machir).

Remember the Retrievers barely made it to the NCAA tournament with a buzzer-beater from Jairus Lyles.  

Lyles scored a game-high 28 points in their historic upset as the team went 50 percent from behind the arc with 12 three-pointers.

Up next they play No. 9 Kansas State who looked shaky in their First Round win over Creighton. Can the Cinderella run for the Retrievers continue? Either way anything they do would be a first for a No. 16 seed going forward.

Virginia and UNC UMBC will match up on Sunday in Charlotte, NC. 

Here is the NCAA Tournament information:


UMBC vs. Kansas State How to Watch

What: 2018 NCAA Tournament Second Round, South Region

Who: No. 16 UMBC (25-10, 12-4 America East) vs. No. 9 Kansas State (23-11, 10-8 Big 12)

When: 7:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 18.

Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

TV Channel: TruTV

Online Stream:  March Madness Live on

TV Announcers: TBA Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Grant Hill (analyst), Bill Raftery (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (reporter)

Twitter: @UVAMensHoops, @KStateMBB


UMBC vs. Kansas State Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: UMBC (Auto-bid, America East Champions), Kansas State (at-large)

Previous Meeting: First Meeting

Next Round: Winner of No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Buffalo

South Region Bracket:

No. 16 UMBC vs. No. 9 Kansas State
No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Buffalo

No. 11 Loyola Chicago vs. No. 3 Tennessee
No. 7 Nevada vs. No. 2 Cincinnati

UMBC vs. Kansas State Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Favorites: N/A
Over/Under: N/A
Money Line: N/A
Against The Spread: UMBC is 4-1 ATS this season, Kansas State is 15-16 ATS.

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