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UVa Men's Basketball Aims to Come Out of Exam Week Strong

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The UVa men's basketball team is in the middle of a two-week break for final exams and the Cavaliers have been practicing every other day.

After 10 games, the team has underachieved with a record of 7-3 and has head coach Tony Bennett making adjustments. Bennett is looking to tinker with his rotation.

"I told the guys after the Green Bay game, it wasn't a threat but nobody's job is safe," said Bennett. "We're going to look personnel wise, maybe there's better chemistry out there and we're going to take a look at that."

The 'Hoos began this season ranked in the top-25 for the first time in the preseason poll in a decade but the 'Hoos are 0-2 against ranked opponents and have yet to register a signature win.

Bennett said, "the 3 games we've been beaten, we've struggled with free throws and we've been turning the ball over at a higher clip than we have in the past."

Right now, ESPN has Virginia projected as a 9-seed for the NCAA tournament and playing out West.

"We have lot of work to do," explained Bennett. "Our league is excellent and the teams that are left are excellent, we'll have to find ways to up our game, like I said our guys have goals."

Virginia's next game is at home Saturday against Northern Iowa at 4 PM.

The Panthers are just 5-5, but coming off their best win of the season. On Saturday, Northern Iowa put away a 9-point victory over Virginia Commonwealth.

Bennett said, "They're not sloppy, they play sound, a lot of them are tough Midwest kids. They really are! You watch how they play, they scrap and they dive for loose balls. They have great pride in how they play and I think we have to have that too and I think it'll be a great game."


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