Versatility key to Wahoos offensive game

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- For the first time since January 3, 2018, the Virginia men's basketball team will attempt to start a new road winning streak at Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon.

The Cavaliers lost at Duke to snap a 13 game road winning streak, which had been the longest in the country. Prior to that loss, the last road loss came at West Virginia on December 5, 2017.

Virginia bounced back from that loss with a 23-point win over Wake Forest at John Paul Jones arena on Tuesday night. That was the fourth ACC game the Cavaliers won by at least 20 points. The Cavaliers are averaging 73.7 points per game this season, which would be the highest scoring output by Virginia under Tony Bennett.

"Versatility, depth, or balance scoring," Bennett said. "Again, we don't pound it inside or go to work in the post so it was good to see some drives or some finishes from the interior and then obviously we're going to get, or hopefully get our outside guys going."

Part of that versatility comes from players like Mamadi Diakite and Jay Huff. Diakite moved into the starting lineup near the end of the non-conference season and Huff has seen his playing time increase steadily in his second season.

"We really harped on it in the preseason," said junior guard Kyle Guy, "is that how versatile this team is and that with him on the court we can be really spread and when we run some of our offense he can pop and stuff. That really opens up the offense and that honestly gets a lot of other people including him open shots."