After losing by ten points at home in their second chance at the Duke Blue Devils, Virginia needed a quick turnaround as they took the road to face UNC. It wasn't easy, but Tony Bennett and Co. clamped down late, essentially putting a lid on UNC's rim in the final two minutes of regulation.
It's been nearly two years since UVA lost back-to-back games. This stretch against two of the best teams in college basketball was bound to test the veteran-laded team, and they answered with a remarkable performance, especially late.
Virginia bounces back from the loss to Duke at home with a road win at UNC. Guy, Hunter and Jerome make 10-of-15 from deep. UNC only goes to the line seven times.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) February 12, 2019
A major question for Virginia entering this game was could they play from behind. The Cavaliers defensive presence can never be questioned, and down seven points on the road late against a talented Tar Heels team, Kyle Guy took over on some well-timed offensive sets aimed at taking advantage of Kenny Williams, who looked overmatched in the second half.
This game turned on its head due to the injuries to Nassir Little and Cameron Johnson. While the latter returned late in the second half, the Heels struggled to produce much offensively with both stars on the bench. Luke Maye, in the meantime, was neutralized all game by the UVA bigs.
Virginia survived the gauntlet of facing Duke and UNC in back-to-back games just two days apart. Next up is a home date with Notre Dame.