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Joe Harris Day-to-Day as UVa Prepares to Host Wake Forest

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UVa senior guard Joe Harris is considered day-to-day after suffering a concussion in Saturday's Virginia win over Florida State.

The 'Hoos picked up an improbable win Saturday in an arena where they haven't prevailed since 2001.

"There was more of an identity of who they were and who we needed to be," said UVa head coach Tony Bennett. "As a coach your always looking - do we understand how we have to play? I thought we got closer to that."

Following a devastating 87-52 loss to Tennessee, the Cavaliers brought home an ACC opening win against the Seminoles.

Bennett said, "I had a high school coach, he'd always say comeback tough, he would always repeat that to us after tough losses. Our ability to bounce back like that and play at least how we need to play was important."

Joe Harris left the game just over two minutes into the first half with concussion-like symptoms. Coach Bennett says that's where their depth came into play.  Bennett elaborated, "Our mindset, what they know they needed to do to survive really came in a situation like that. It was in a different place than where it was against Tennessee."

Next up for Virginia is Wake Forest who is also coming off their first ACC win. The Demon Deacons upset North Carolina 73-67 but this time they won't have the home court advantage.

"Your going to have to be ready. They can get out and go. They can score in a variety of different ways and they play real hard...To come off a big win and handle North Carolina whose really talented...we know it's so much about how ready we are as opposed to the other team but Wake Forest is very capable and they have a complete team this year."

Virginia faces Wake Forest Wednesday at John Paul Jones Arena. Tip off is set for 7 PM.

 

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