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Matt Comey

COMEY: Finding comfort ahead of Virginia’s Iowa State matchup

To ease my stress, and hopefully yours, I find comfort in numbers — almost all of which favor Virginia through the weekend. Here’s a list of the most reassuring stats that I’ll be reading over and over again during the next 24 hours or so to keep me calm, cool and collected.

Coach Joanne Boyle needs a strong finish from her team against tough teams to have a chance at making the NCAA Tournament.

COMEY: Does Craig Littlepage hold on to unsuccessful coaches for too long?

Virginia Athletics Director Craig Littlepage announced yesterday that women’s basketball coach Joanne Boyle would be returning for a sixth season. Boyle, who has only posted one winning record in ACC play during her tenure, has not led a team to an NCAA tournament bid since 2009, when she was still at California.

Isaiah Wilkins has been a key component of the sophomore class, averaging 20.9 minutes per game.

​COMEY: Evaluating Tony Bennett’s sophomore class

Perhaps the biggest question mark headed into the 2015-16 Virginia basketball season was the role that the sophomore class would play. Were the sophomores ready to step up and help retool following the departures of Justin Anderson and Darion Atkins?

Freshman center Jack Salt started Tuesday against Clemson but failed to impact the game, scoring just two points in limited action.

The Jack Salt conundrum

Following back-to-back conference losses against Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, Virginia basketball coach Tony Bennett decided to shuffle things up and insert redshirt freshman center Jack Salt into the Cavalier starting line up.

An emotional Bronco Mendenhall address the media a couple of hours after BYU annouced that Mendenhall was leaving to go and coach at Virginia University. Mendenhall spent most of the press conference with his eyes closed, looking down and wiping away tears.

The “Fire Bronco Mendenhall” campaign

After years of pleading, the “Fire Mike London” campaign finally fulfilled its mission last Sunday. The movement started quietly after a 4-8 2012 season and steadily garnered a larger and larger following — myself included — after the three losing seasons that followed.

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