Guy's improvement leads to big week, ACC honor

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Kyle Guy has been named an All-American, All-ACC and the MVP of the conference's tournament in his Virginia men's basketball career. On Monday, he added another first-time accolade to his resume.

Guy was named the ACC's player of the week Monday afternoon, after averaging 25.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in UVA's wins against Marshall and Florida State over the previous seven days. Guy's 30 points, eight rebounds and seven 3-pointers against the Thundering Herd on New Year's Eve were all career highs. He followed that with 21 points in Saturday's win against the Seminoles, including 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point range.

Guy set a new UVA record by hitting 11 straight 3-pointers over the course of those two games. He finished the week 17-of-25 (68 percent) from the floor, and 12-of-15 (80 percent) from beyond the 3-point line.

For the season, Guy is averaging a career-best 15.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage (a career-high 48.3 percent) and 3-point percentage (48.2 percent) are both up from his All-ACC sophomore year as well.

On Monday, UVA coach Tony Bennett credited Guy's improvement this season to a combination of off-season work and maturing as a player. Bennett also said Guy's improved game goes beyond his shooting.

"Kyle's been playing good basketball," Bennett said. "He's been scoring in different ways. He's been passing well. He's been getting off the dribble, to the paint. And defending better. So I just like his complete game."

"I know everyone notices -- and how can you not, it's beautiful when you see that ball come off his fingers, and the rotation and the stuff that's happening -- but he's playing the right way," Bennett added. "He's letting it come, but yet he's aggressive when he needs to. And it's been huge for us."

WAHOOS BACK AT NO. 1 IN COACHES POLL, HOLD STEADY IN AP

Another Monday of men's basketball national rankings meant for another week, the 13-0 Wahoos held steady at No. 4 in the country in the Associated Press poll.

The top four in the AP rankings was unchanged for a third straight week. UVA picked up five first-place votes in the AP poll this week, closing the gap behind third-ranked Tennessee (12-1). Duke (12-1) and Michigan (15-0) remained the top two teams in the poll.

This is the seventh week this season that UVA will spend at No. 4 in the AP poll.

In the new coaches poll, also released on Monday, the Wahoos overtook Duke to return to the No. 1 spot for the second time in three weeks. UVA held steady with 11 first-place votes in the coaches poll, while Duke's first-place vote total dipped from 10 to eight.

Florida State dropped from No. 9 in both polls to 13th after Saturday's ACC-opening loss to the Wahoos at John Paul Jones Arena. Six of the top 15 teams in the AP rankings are from the ACC, including three in the top 10 -- Duke, the 'Hoos and No. 9 Virginia Tech.



 
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