Don't expect to sleep on Virginia anymore- they are no longer a sub-.500 team. Just ask Michigan.
After three years in Charlottesville, Tony Bennett has finally instituted the same system that led Washington State to three NCAA Tournament appearances in as many seasons. He has recruited players like Joe Harris, K.T. Harrell and Malcolm Brogdon that are already making an impact on their young career. But most importantly, he is utilizing fifth-year power forward, Mike Scott and that has the Cavaliers back on the right track, primed for just their second NCAA Tournament since 2001.
At 6'8", Scott may not be the power forward NBA scouts are drooling over, but his production has been undeniable, leading the team in scoring (15.3 points) and rebounding (10.1), similar figures to that of last season when an ankle injury cost him the final 19 games. He is as versatile as they come for a 4-man, playing inside and banging down low, stepping outside and knocking down mid-range jumpers or playing the high post where he reads the floor like a guard.
If Bennett can get the same consistency and energy from Scott, Virginia will surprise quite a few coming seemingly out of nowhere to be competitive in the ACC. Scott provides the frontcourt talent that the Wahoos need to challenge North Carolina's All-American trio, Duke's Plumlee brothers and Florida State's towering frontline.