Reigning NCAA Men’s Basketball champions Virginia began their 2019/20 season on Wednesday night with a road game, a rarity in the game, at Syracuse. And they showed just why, even at #11 in the country, they are always going to be a contender to win under coach Tony Bennett.
They won this game 48-34. Yes, you read that correctly: 48-34. They gave up just 13 made buckets, accounting for a total Orange shooting percentage of just 23.6%. It’s a ridiculous stat that shows just how good and vital defense is to them, and that will no doubt continue to be their hallmark going forward. Mamadi Diakite had 12 points in the win, while Jay Huff had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.