With a sparkling 6-0 record to start the season and a newly minted spot in the AP Top 25 Poll at No. 18, the Virginia men's basketball team looked to continue its winning ways against Wisconsin Monday night.
No. 18 Virginia got 17 points from Kyle Guy in a 49-37 win at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Virginia led by as many as eight in the first half before Wisconsin got back-to-back 3-pointers from Aleem Ford to cut the deficit late in the half.
"I have so much respect for [Happ] as a player, watching him on film and the things that he does".
Virginia coach Tony Bennett was pleased with Guy's aggressiveness: "He was getting to the rim", he said.
U.Va.'s packline defense held Wisconsin scoreless over the next seven minutes, 47 seconds as the Cavaliers extended their advantage to 42-26 with under 10 minutes left in the process.
The Badgers shot just 31.3% and were 3-of-20 from beyond-the-arc.
After picking up his second foul early in the first half, he was forced to sit.
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Guy led Virginia with 17 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field. Guy showcased an array of moves to get to the basket - something he said he's worked on.
"Definitely previous year was a little more one-dimensional and that was something, as I've said a thousand times, I tried to work on this summer and I think it's starting to show". D'Mitrik Trice added 10 points.
The Cavaliers were playing their third game in five days.
"I think we're still in the midst of trying to forge our identity as a team", Hall said.
"They definitely have earned the right to make plays in the post and they did a tremendous job on Happ", Guy said. It was the last time the Badgers would seriously threaten the Cavaliers.
Isaiah Wilkins had 10 rebounds for UVA, which had a 39-30 edge on the boards. "We took some good shots and we struggled to put them in, but those offensive rebounds were significant for us".
The Cavaliers are off until Saturday, when they entertain Lehigh (3-3) at noon in advance of a Tuesday visit to No. 19 West Virginia.
Bennett's suspicion was confirmed Tuesday when a Virginia search determined that the Cavaliers had never previously gone 0-for-0 from the line, at least as far back as UVa keeps box scores.