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Poor Shooting Plagues UVa in 48-38 Loss to Wisconsin

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Joe Harris was held to two points against the Badgers Joe Harris was held to two points against the Badgers

The Virginia men's basketball team lost 48-38 against Wisconsin Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at John Paul Jones Arena.

No one from UVa (7-2) scored in double figures, and the Wahoos hit just 11-of-47 shots in the game.

Head coach Tony Bennett says, "We have some warts, as every team does, and when all the guys go cold at once, it's hard.  We've been able to have one guy step up at another time, when Joe's been off, or someone else has, but that wasn't happening today.  There was nobody."

The 23.4% shooting is the fourth lowest in school history, while the 38 points are the lowest in Bennett's five years as coach , and the second fewest since the shot clock era (1986).

Wisconsin made just 15-of-52 shots (28.8%).

The Badgers out-rebounded UVa 13-8 on the offensive glass, and scored 13 second chance points, compared to four for the Cavaliers. 

UW head coach Bo Ryan says, "That was two teams just, really, beating people to positions, rotating, making it difficult to get easy baskets.  There weren't a lot of easy baskets in that game."

Bennett was an assistant coach at Wisconsin for four years, including one season under Ryan.

Virginia senior guard Joe Harris was held to just two points on 1-of-10 shooting Wednesday night.

Harris says, "We obviously had a horrendous offensive night, but the beauty of sports is tomorrow we're going to practice, we're going to practice on Friday, and we're going to play on Saturday.  All this stuff now is irrelevant.  So, however (poorly) we played, we gotta bounce back, and get ready for Saturday."

The Cavaliers will be back in action Saturday at Wisconsin-Green Bay, with the game set to tip off at five o'clock.

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