UVA's Ron Sanchez Discusses Win Over Oakland

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-- Virginia men's basketball moved to 11-1 on Wednesday night after beating Oakland 71-58. UVA Associate Head Coach Ron Sanchez discusses the Cavaliers win.

Virginia Cavaliers Associate Head Coach Ron Sanchez stepped in for UVA Head Coach Tony Bennett on Wednesday night at the post game presser- Bennett was "under the weather". Sanchez discusses the Cavaliers' win over Oakland. 

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On Mike Tobey:

“Mike has been practicing hard and this is just a testament to his efforts in the last week of practice. Oakland is a very good team. This is just another part of that tough non-conference schedule that Coach Bennett wanted for this team this year.”


On the bench:

“I think that our bench is pretty deep. Marial Shayok gave us a great lift today. Our guards are complete that way. I think we can survive a guy getting in foul trouble. London Perrantes is obviously a special guy on the floor as far as keeping our team playing the game the right way. I think our team answers very well to him and in his absence in the first half.”


On Oakland:

“Obviously Kay Felder is a special player. He is averaging 30 points for a reason. He was our main concern. I think as a unit we did a great job from Marial to Malcolm Brogdon and London at the beginning of the game before he picked up those fouls. He still had 30 but he had to earn every basket. We wanted to take advantage of our size on the interior and I think we did a good job of that. ”


On Tobey’s passing:

“Mike has the ability to put points on the board. We are a post driving team. We practice that every day so it wasn’t anything we hadn’t seen. He saw the open side and made the pass, but it is nice to see him have this time of game where he is able to get to the basket and rebound the ball as well.”


On the second half:

“Our offense and our defense work together and I think that when we move the ball from the top to the side and make them play defense first, we took advantage of our size in the interior. I think that was the difference. We didn’t turn the ball over so we didn’t allow them to make any easy baskets. We didn’t give up any transition baskets. In the first half, I think we were half speed and then we came back and contested some three-point shots. In the second, we did a much better job of taking advantage of interior play and getting back in transitions.”


On heading in to conference play:

“When you get guys who don’t get many minutes playing it’s good because you know you will need them later in the season. It is great to get them on the floor against a team like this. They are a very good basketball team. To see Evan Nolte and Marial give us some minutes that will help us prepare for the ACC play.” 

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