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Virginia's Shamel Bratton scores between John Hopkins' George Castle, left, and Zach Tedeschi
10. Decoding the data: In 2012, Hopkins has created six more possessions per game than its opponents, which ranks third in the nation. The Jays are the nation's top riding team, forcing opponents into a staggering 40 failed clears. The Jays shoot 28 percent and hold opponents to 21 percent.
Virginia shoots overhand, hard to the side pipes, converting at a sizzling 35 percent. The Cavs share the biscuit, too — 65 percent of their goals are assisted. Their defense ranks 52nd in shots per possession. Opponents manufacture shots against the passive zone, but they aren't quality shots.
During the past four games at Klockner, Virginia has outshot Johns Hopkins 172-126. The past five games in Charlottesville have alternated between blowouts and one-goal games:
2002: Virginia 12, Johns Hopkins 6
2004: Virginia 9, Johns Hopkins 8, OT
2006: Virginia 12, Johns Hopkins 6
2008: Virginia 13, Johns Hopkins 12, OT
2010: Virginia 15, Johns Hopkins 6
If this pattern holds, it appears we will be working overtime.
March 22, 2008