Cavaliers Report: Something to build on


Cavaliers Report: Something to build on

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 2-4, (1-1) in the ACC

In the news

Cavs miss out on tight end recruit...again: Tight Chris Clark will transfer to Syracuse he confirmed to Clark was a major target for UVa's 2015 class, but elected instead to go to UCLA. When he announced he wanted to transfer, there was some thought that Virginia could be back in the mix, but once again, Clark has elected to go elsewhere.

Malcolm Cook out for the year: According to the team's injury report released on Monday, linebacker Malcolm Cook will miss the remainder of the season due to an upper extremity injury. Cook has three tackles this season, but has not played since the game against William & Mary.

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Last week's game: 44-38 3OT win over Syracuse

Read the five big takeaways from this game here

Virginia earned a desperately needed win last week in a triple overtime thriller against Syracuse. It is the Cavaliers' first ACC win of the season and their first win over an FBS opponent.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that for much of the game, Virginia was outplayed by one of the worst teams in the ACC and the weakest team they still had on their schedule. This game was an absolute must-win because if they lost you would have a hard time looking at the schedule and finding another possible win this season.

Considering how close it was, there still does not appear to be any slam dunks on the schedule, but the Cavaliers are in a much better position with the win than they would have been with the loss.

Overtime wins are the type of games teams can build around. Perhaps at season's end we will be able to point to this game as the catalyst for a strong second half to the season for the Hoos.

This week: Virginia at North Carolina, Sat. 3:30 p.m.


Virginia heads to Chapel Hill this week to take on the red hot Tar Heels. North Carolina has won five-straight and have established themselves as one of the front-runners in the Coastal Division thanks to their tremendous offense.

If you had to guess which team had the best offense in the ACC, you would probably look at Florida State with Dalvin Cook or Clemson with Deshaun Watson, but actually it is the Tar Heels who lead the league with 482.2 yards per game. The always dangerous Marquise Williams is a threat both on the ground and through the air and with running back Elijah Hood behind him, this is a tough offense to stop. For a Virginia team that has had trouble stopping anyone this season, this could be a rough day for the Hoos.

What will keep Virginia in this game is North Carolina's defense. This is a matchup that should have Steve Fairchild drooling. The Tar Heels have the worst rush defense in the ACC and Taquan MIzzell, Olamide Zaccheaus and Daniel Hamm should have plenty of room to run.

While fans have screamed over the years about Virginia not running a balanced offense, this is not the day for that. North Carolina is terrible against the run, but has a strong offense. The key then is maintaining possession and keeping Williams and Co. off the field. There's no better way to do that than to establish the run and this week, the Cavs should be able to do it.

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Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats


Wilmer Difo homers but Phillies top Nats

WASHINGTON -- Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Vince Velasquez pitched five effective innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped Washington's six-game win streak with a 3-1 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

Velasquez (2-4) allowed one run and one hit in his first win since April 7. He also struck out four, walked four and hit a batter.

Edubray Ramos, Tommy Hunter, Luis Garcia and Hector Neris then combined for four innings of one-hit relief. Neris earned his sixth save.

Trea Turner led off the Washington ninth with a walk and was running when Matt Wieters popped out to short right field. Turner, who slid into second, lost track of the ball and was easily doubled off first.

Wilmer Difo homered for Washington. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0 for 2 with two walks after missing 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his toe.

Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and six hits.

Andrew Stevenson accounted for Washington's other hit, a one-out single in the sixth. Pedro Severino followed with a walk, but Ramos induced a double-play grounder from Rafael Bautista.

Cesar Hernandez opened the game with a single off Roark and Hoskins homered to center on a 3-2 pitch. It was his fifth of the season.

Maikel Franco provided an insurance run when he followed Carlos Santana's one-out triple with a single in the sixth.


Phillies: RHP Ben Lively (lower back strain) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session. Lively was placed on the disabled list April 27. ... Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Pat Neshek (shoulder strain) will throw a bullpen session as the next step in his rehabilitation. Neshek has not appeared in a game this season.

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman was scratched from the lineup due to stiffness in his side, according to manager Dave Martinez. ... RHP Trevor Gott, who sprained an ankle in the sixth inning Friday night, is day to day.


The winners of the last three NL Cy Young Awards square off when Philadelphia's Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.49 ERA) opposes Max Scherzer (6-1, 1.79 ERA). Arrieta won the award in 2015 with the Cubs and Scherzer, the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, has claimed the honor each of the last two seasons.

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.