For those who got tired of hearing about how good the ACC was last season, early indications are that you’ll get more of the same this year. With Virginia’s 78-60 rout of Arizona on Sunday, you had a team that isn’t expected to finish in the top five of the ACC beat a team that a few predicted to be one of the five best in the nation.
The big performance came from the Cavaliers’ freshman point guard Sean Singletary (15 pts, 8 assists, 6 steals), who’s making an early case that he’s a significant upgrade at the position from the Todd Billet/TJ Bannister combo of last season. But the big story was how badly Arizona failed at scoring points.
Arguably the nation’s best offensive unit last season, the Wildcats were held to their lowest single game total since December 2001, and have been held to less than 40% shooting in two of their first three games. Maybe replacing Andre Iguodala is not going to be so easy. After all, he was the seventh college player chosen in the NBA draft.