Cavaliers Report: One for the road?


Cavaliers Report: One for the road?

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 3-6, (2-3) in the ACC

In the news

Nicholson nominated for Courage Award: Senior cornerback Demetrious Nicholson was named a 2015 Orange Bowl-FWAA Award nominee. In order to be nominated, one must display courage on and off the field, including overcoming an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster or living through hardship.

Nicholson's mother was 12 when he was born. She went to high school and nursing school while taking care of Nicholson and his great-grandmother who suffered from lupus and heart ailments. Nicholson lost his great-grandmother in 2009 and 4-month-old sister to sudden infant death syndrome.

During the 2013 season, Nicholson was diagnosed with turf toe. After re-aggravating the injury in the spring, he was limited to only one game in 2014. He has played in seven games this season.

The winner of the award will receive his trophy in an on-field presentation during the Orange Bowl.

Frye earns ACC honor: Ian Frye was named the ACC Specialist of the Week for his performance Saturday against Miami. Frye matched a career-high four field goals which he kicked from 25, 48, 36 and 47 yards.

This is the first time Frye has been named ACC Specialist of the Week this season and third of his career.

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Last week's game: 27-21 loss at Miami

Read the recap of the game here.

Virginia gave up big plays, took too many penalties, and managed to reach the end zone only once in a loss to Miami. Given all that, it was fairly remarkable that Virginia was able to keep the game close.

With the loss, the Cavaliers have now dropped 14 straight road games including 12 conference contests. It also puts UVa's already fleeting bowl chances in further jeopardy.

The Cavaliers now must win their three remaining games to reach bowl eligibility or they will miss out on the postseason for the fourth-consecutive season, the longest streak since its first bowl appearance in 1984.

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


Saturday provides Virginia with their last chance at a road win this season, but it comes against a tough Louisville squad that has won three-straight.

When Louisville first entered the ACC, it looked like the Atlantic Division had added a third power that would dominate the conference next to Clemson and Florida State. That has not been the case.

Virginia handed the Cardinals their first ACC loss last season and after Louisville started this season 0-3, it was clear it would be another down year for Bobby Petrino's squad. They have rebounded somewhat in recent weeks to improve their record to 5-4 on the season and will look to reach bowl eligibility on Saturday with a win over UVa.

The Cavaliers have managed to find a bit of a groove on offense recently, but they will face a very tough test from Louisville's defense. The Cardinals boast the No. 15 defense in terms of total yards this season including the No. 11 rush defense. The run-heavy strategy Virginia has employed in recent weeks is not going to work here. They need to be able to pass the ball and this doesn't mean simply dumping the ball off to Taquan Mizzell, it means getting it into the hands of Canaan Severin.

Against Notre Dame, offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild did a tremendous job getting Severin open by using different formations and lining him up at various spots all over the field. The defense was not able to keep track of him and as a result he caught 11 passes for 153 yards. This was before T.J. Thorpe had returned from injury meaning Severin was the only real receiving threat the Cavs had and he was still able to get free. They need a similar performance on Saturday.

The quarterback carousel in Louisville means you can never be 100 percent sure who will line up under center for the Cardinals, but Virginia should expect to see Kyle Bolin who took all the reps in last week's win over Syracuse. Bolin, a pocket passer, has thrown for 795 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.

A Cavalier defense that has struggled to force turnovers this season will get their chances on Saturday as they face one of the few teams that has given the ball away more times than Virginia. Louisville has turned the ball over a staggering 21 times this season. Turnovers will provide the Cavaliers the opportunity to flip field position which could prove key against a tough Louisville defense.

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.


Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.