Cavaliers Report: Avoiding costly mistakes


Cavaliers Report: Avoiding costly mistakes

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 3-7, (2-4) in the ACC

In the news

Severin earns ACC honor: Senior wide receiver Canaan Severin was named the ACC Receiver of the Week for his performance against Louisville. Severin established himself as a top offensive threat for the Cavaliers with an incredible 11-catch, 153-yard game against Notre Dame, but had not lived up to that performance again until Saturday. Against Louisville, Severin hauled in eight catches for 116 yards and a career-high three touchdowns.

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Last week's game: 38-31 loss at Louisville

Read the recap of this game here.

Virginia found themselves in a close battle with Louisville and just as they managed to swing the momentum in their favor, a critical muffed punt by Olamide Zaccheaus in the fourth quarter with the score tied proved the turning point of the game. Louisville recovered the punt and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to T.J. Thorpe gave the Cardinals the ball on Virginia's two-yard line. Two plays later, Louisville scored a touchdown.

The loss was Virginia's seventh of the season which knocks them out of bowl contention.

It was yet another game in which Virginia shot themselves in the foot. In addition to the muffed punt, Virginia also committed eight penalties for 69 yards. With Matt Johns throwing for four touchdowns and no interceptions and Severin having a career da, the team played well enough to win. Bad teams find ways to lose, however, and there's no more denying it, this year's Cavaliers are a bad team.

This week: Virginia vs. Duke, Sat. 3:30 p.m.


Duke will look for their seventh win in eight meetings against Virginia as they head to Charlottesville on Saturday. After starting 6-1, the Blue Devils have lost three-straight and things seem to be headed in the wrong direction in Durham.

The big news surrounding this game came out on Tuesday when it was announced Duke had dismissed receivers Terrence Alls and Johnell Barnes and linebacker Chris Holmes from the program. No specific reason was given for their dismissal. Barnes ranks second on the team with 34 catches and 411 receiving yards so his loss is a significant one for the Blue Devils.

You've heard of Christian McCaffrey, but Duke has a McCaffrey of their own: Max. With the loss of Barnes, Max McCaffrey will be critical for Duke's pass attack. Duke will also lean on quarterback Thomas Sirk who leads the team in both passing and rushing. He is not a star passer or runner, but he is abilities as a dual threat will make him a headache for the defense.

Running back Taquan Mizzell had only 40 rushing yards last week and he may struggle to get going again because of Duke safety Jeremy Cash. He is one of the best safeties in the country and, though he is a defensive back, where he does the most damage is against the rush. Cash is not only tied for the team lead in tackles with 88, he also leads the team with a ridiculous 17.5 tackles for loss.

Expect Cash and Mizzell to get well acquainted in this game.

Duke has not recovered from the inexplicable loss to Miami and they are committing more penalties and turnovers than you would expect from a David Cutcliffe team. A Duke squad known for not beating itself, however, will enjoy a matchup against a Virginia team known for doing the exact opposite. Can UVa finally avoid committing that costly penalty/turnover that costs them the game?

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Georgetown notches impressive road win, Mac McClung dunks again


Georgetown notches impressive road win, Mac McClung dunks again

The Georgetown Hoyas notched an impressive road win on Tuesday night, defeating Illinois, 88-80 as part of the fourth annual Gavitt Tipoff Games. The Hoyas (3-0) were led by freshman James Akinjo (19 points), Josh LeBlanc (14 points) and Mac McClung (12 points), while freshman Ayo Dusunmo led all players with 25 points for the Illini (1-1) in the loss.

While Georgetown is far from a finished product or even a Top 25 team, the Hoyas are must-see television.

There's a Ewing (head coach Patrick) on the sideline, a Mourning (Alonzo's son Trey) in the middle, a future pro who can stretch the floor (Jessie Govan) and the most electrifying dunker in the country (McClung).

Akinjo has all the makings of a future All Big East First Team selection, LeBlanc provides ideal length to guard multiple positions, and sophomore Jamorko Pickett is a playmaker very few are talking about right now. That just might be a great thing.

Speaking of McClung, the Gate City, Va. freshman once again put on a mixtape performance, going up-and-under for a nifty finish and finishing a transition play in reverse style.

McClung did finish 0-for-4 from beyond the arc and has now missed all 11 of his 3-point attempts this season. But the 6-1 dunk sensation does have six steals and nine assists to go along with 24 points in the first three games of his college career.

Next up for the Hoyas is a trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica to take on Loyola Marymount and South Florida as part of the 2018 Jamaica Classic, which begins Friday, Nov. 16 on CBS Sports Network.



Virginia, Virginia Tech each moved one spot in new top-25 poll but in opposite directions


Virginia, Virginia Tech each moved one spot in new top-25 poll but in opposite directions

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Duke changed everything about who AP Top 25 voters considered to be the nation's best team with a single dominating performance against a marquee opponent.

It also gave the Blue Devils yet another milestone under Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski: a record number of appearances at No. 1.

The Blue Devils jumped from fourth to first Monday in the first regular-season poll, leapfrogging Kansas at the top after a blowout win against then-No. 2 Kentucky last week. That allowed Duke to set a record with its 135th week at No. 1, breaking a tie with UCLA for the most top rankings in poll history.

The 34-point win against the Wildcats in the Champions Classic to open the season marked the program's most lopsided win against a top-5 opponent. Duke was practically flawless behind star freshmen RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish, and that created a buzz about the team's already lofty potential being somehow even higher than anyone anticipated.

Granted, it was one game. And Duke (2-0) didn't look nearly so dazzling Sunday at home against Army. But that one performance caused a major voting shift, even with now-No. 2 Kansas earning a quality win of its own against then-No. 10 Michigan State in the first game of the Champions Classic.

Kansas was a solid preseason No. 1 by earning 37 of 65 first-place votes, followed by 19 for Kentucky and four for Duke. But Duke now has 48 first-place votes, claiming the top spot for all 19 voters who had Kentucky as preseason No. 1 while also causing 23 voters to switch from Kansas in the preseason Duke this week.

Duke also prompted switches from the lone voters who had Gonzaga and Villanova at No. 1 in the preseason.

The hype probably won't slow anytime soon, either. The Blue Devils have everyone's attention.

"Part of becoming good is keeping the noise out of your locker room," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said after the Army win. "And when something good happens and you have the start of the season ... there's a lot of noise. And for us, it's not always good noise, but in this case, it was exceptional noise. Exceptional noise.

"When you have four freshmen and we don't have veterans, you have to be more mature about listening to that."


1. Duke 2-0 (48 votes, No. 4 last week)

2. Kansas 1-0 (14 votes, No. 1 last week)

3. Gonzaga 2-0 (No. 3 last week)

4. Virginia 2-0 (2 votes, No. 5 last week)

5. Tennessee 2-0 (1 vote, No. 6 last week)

6. Nevada 2-0 (No. 7 last week)

7. North Carolina 2-0 (No. 8 last week)

8. Villanova 2-0 (No. 9 last week)

9. Auburn 2-0 (No. 11 last week)

10. Kentucky 1-1 (No. 2 last week)

11. Michigan State (No. 10 last week)

12. Kansas State 1-0 (No. 12 last week)

13. Oregon 2-0 (No. 14 last week)

14. Florida State 2-0 (No. 17 last week)

15. Syracuse 2-0 (No. 16 last week)

16. Virginia Tech 1-0 (No. 15 last week)

17. Mississippi State 2-0 (No. 18 last week)

18. Michigan 2-0 (No. 19 last week)

19. Clemson 2-0 (No. 22 last week)

20. UCLA 2-0 (No. 21 last week)

21. TCU 2-0 (No. 20 last week)

22. LSU 2-0 (No. 23 last week)

23. Purdue 2-0 (No. 24 last week)

24. Marquette 2-0 (Not ranked last week)

25. Buffalo 2-0 (Not ranked last week)


Gonzaga stayed at No. 3, followed by Virginia and Tennessee each climbing a spot to round out the top 5. Nevada, North Carolina, reigning national champion Villanova and Auburn were next, while Kentucky slid eight spots to No. 10.


There weren't any dramatic climbs beyond the Duke-Kansas change at the top. In all, 16 teams moved up this week poll, with No. 14 Florida State and No. 19 Clemson matching Duke's three-spot jump for the biggest of the week.

Twelve of the gains were merely one spot.


Kentucky's fall was the biggest for any team that stayed in the poll. The others were all modest, with four teams -- Kansas, No. 11 Michigan State, No. 16 Virginia Tech and No. 21 TCU -- falling one spot each.


There were two new teams in the poll with No. 24 Marquette and No. 25 Buffalo.

It's the first appearance for Marquette in nearly five years since last appearing at No. 25 in November 2013.

As for Buffalo, it's the first AP Top 25 appearance in program history. It comes after the Bulls got 43 points and 14 rebounds from CJ Massinburg to beat then-No. 13 West Virginia on the road -- another marquee upset for a team that beat Arizona and eventual No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Deandre Ayton in the first round of last year's NCAA Tournament.


The Mountaineers slid all the way out after losing to the Bulls, which marked their first loss in a home opener since November 2003. Washington fell out from No. 25 after a loss to Auburn.