Weaknesses: The Cavs allow lots of shots per defensive possession — the ninth-most in the nation— which is a function of their zone defense. Their defense is not forcing turnovers and has become overly reliant on faceoffs to generate extra possessions. "Their defense isn't quite that good," says Rogers. "They rank 18th in defensive efficiency when adjusted for opposing offenses faced, allowing a goal 26.8 percent of their defensive possessions. If their offense scores eight to nine in a game instead of their usual 13, they could be in trouble." Next: Duke visits Virginia on Friday at 6 p.m. The Blue Devils have beaten Virginia 11 of the past 12 times. Quint's pick: I gave Virginia my first-place vote. They look like a team that belongs in championship weekend. But nobody knows these teams better than Ohio State, which has played three of the four: UMass, Virginia and Loyola. "They all present unique challenges," Buckeyes coach Nick Myers said. "Loyola is well-prepared, UMass is physical and Virginia is so efficient on offense." The 16-team NCAA tournament will be selected May 6. Unlike the Bowl Championship Series in football, the "Who's No. 1?" argument ultimately gets settled on the field in May, not in the polls.
Thomas Wilson, UVa Media Relations
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