January 7, 2008
The Cavalier Men's Basketball Team had a major wake up call last Thursday, falling at Xavier, 108-70, the worst loss during Dave Leitao's tenure. The head coach responded by revoking the team's locker room privileges, and is even reportedly making his team change in the hallway.
Virginia's most challenging part of its schedule lies ahead, as they tip off ACC play at Duke on Sunday night. Last season, the Cavaliers knocked off the Blue Devils, 68-66, in overtime. This season, they will look to pull off the upset in the hostile environment of Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke currently 11-1 on the year.
Looking down the rest of Virginia's January schedule leaves fans concerned, especially after the Xavier loss. Following their match up with Duke, the Cavaliers return home to face Virginia Tech on January 16. The Hokies are having a less-than stellar season, sitting at 9-6, and coming off a 52-49 loss at Richmond last week. Virginia remains in the friendly confines of John Paul Jones Arena for its next contest, a January 19 showdown with the Eagles of Boston College, who are already out to a 1-0 conference start.
A trip to Florida State follows. The Seminoles are 12-4 on the year thus far, 1-0 in the ACC, and played Virginia tough last season. The departure of All ACC First Team member Al Thornton eases the tension for the Cavs a bit, but Tallahassee has proven to be a tough place to play before. The Cavaliers then return home to face Georgia Tech, another team they went down to the wire with a year ago. Currently, the Yellow Jackets have the worst overall record of any of the ACC teams. Virginia ends the month at Maryland on January 30, a team that is out to a 9-6 start, and fell in its conference opener.