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Cavaliers Report: UVa looks to salvage season in the ACC

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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 Rivals.com.

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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.

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Georgetown notches impressive road win, Mac McClung dunks again

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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.

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

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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."

COMPLETE MEN'S BASKETBALL TOP-25 RANKINGS WEEK 2

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)

AT THE TOP

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.

TOP RISERS

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.

LONGEST SLIDES

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.

NEWCOMERS

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.

SLIDING OUT

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.

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