The Cavaliers, who came in ranked No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense, never trailed and held Maryland 13 points below its season average.
‘Nothing flashy, but it’s our way,’ coach Tony Bennett said. ‘Our chance to be good is for us to be as close to great defensively as we can, and solid and sound offensively.’
That’s exactly what happened. Virginia lost Darion Atkins back and Anderson ankle to injuries during the game, but shot a solid 53 percent, committed only seven turnovers and allowed just three offensive rebounds.
‘Our goal is to always try to take away the lane, really make them shoot contested shots and limit them to one shot,’ Bennett said. ‘You see only three offensive rebounds, that makes me smile. That’s huge for us.’