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Virginia Marshall Basketball: Cavs add non-conference foe in an interesting clash of styles

According to a tweet from Jon Rothstein, Virginia basketball has added Marshall as a non-conference opponent to its 2018-19 schedule.

Virginia has won three straight games over Marshall; however, the last time the two teams met was back in the 1991-92 season.

Under Dan D’Antoni, brother of NBA coach Mike D’Antoni, Marshall won 25 games in 2018; the Thundering Herd advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

 

Clash of Styles

A matchup of Virginia and Marshall combines two teams that prefer to play the game at much different speeds. Behind pick-and-roll menace point guard Jon Elmore (22.7 points per game), Marshall ranked sixth nationally in adjusted tempo (74.7 possessions) and third in average possession length (14.2 seconds), per KenPom.

(It’s on the fence as to whether or not Elmore will play in this game, though: the 6-foot-3 guard is testing NBA Draft waters, though he’s yet to hire an agent.)

UVA, conversely, ranked dead last — No. 351 — in tempo (59.4 possessions) and possession length (20.9 seconds). Also: the Cavs ranked 347th nationally while holding opponents to an average possession length of 18.8 seconds.

Marshall also loves to chuck three-pointers — over 45 percent of the team’s field goal attempts in 2017-18 came from beyond the arc.

 

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