Teel Time: Zeglinski's 3-point slump continues in Virginia's loss at UNC

Virginia guard Sammy Zeglinski made a respectable 38.7 percent of his 3-pointers last season, an outstanding 43.6 percent in ACC games. His form is good and he rarely forces shots.

But the fifth-year senior’s prolonged slump continued in Saturday’s 70-52 loss at North Carolina.

Zeglinski missed a three on the Cavaliers' fourth possession but made his next attempt. He missed his final four to finish 1-of-6 from beyond the arc.

In the last nine games, Zeglinski is 11-for-46 on threes, or 23.9 percent.


"We know he's capable of being a great 3-point shooter," point guard Jontel Evans said.

Is he? Or his is confidence completely shattered? If it is, Virginia's presumed NCAA tournament appearance will be brief. The Cavaliers don't have enough weapons to beat quality opponents when Zeglinski is AWOL. 

Zeglinski exited the locker room before the media brigade arrived, and I don’t blame him. He’s answered countless questions on the topic, as has coach Tony Bennett.

"None of us shot very well in that game," Bennett said. "We need to make some outside shots. Again, we got some good rhythm looks."


The Cavaliers were 3-of-16 from deep and shot 36.4 percent overall. With inside offense a non-starter against the taller Tar Heels, Virginia had to be effective from the perimeter to compete.

What counsel can Bennett, an outstanding 3-point shooter at Wisconsin-Green Bay, offer Zeglinski?

"Keep telling him impact the game in other ways and hopefully some of them will drop," Bennett said. " I don't know what else I can say about it."

Virginia next plays Tuesday at Clemson. The teams met Jan. 31 in Charlottesville, and Zeglinski was 1-for-7 from three.

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