Virginia’s Tony Bennett is facing a stinging reality.
“We’ve got to improve our program,” the Cavaliers men’s basketball coach said after fifth-seeded Virginia lost 65-39 to No. 4 Florida .
Bennett cautioned all season that this year’s team was lacking the experience that fueled the Cavaliers to three straight high seeds in the NCAA Tournament. That inexperience came back to bite then in the tournament when the Cavaliers’ offense went missing and their defense followed suit in the blowout second-round tournament loss.
The good news for Bennett is that some help is already on campus.
The Cavaliers got solid, though inconsistent, contributions from freshmen guards Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy this year. They also had two other highly regarded freshmen — 6-foot-7 guard De’Andre Hunter and 6-11 forward Jay Huff — redshirt. Virginia will add left-handed shooting guard Marco Anthony as an incoming freshman next year.
Bennett’s teams have finished at or near the top nationally in scoring defense for several years running, though there has always seemed to be a lingering concern the Cavaliers’ deliberate offensive style could eventually come back to haunt them.
The approach has…