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UVa Men's Basketball Prepares for 3 Game Home stand

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Despite having to play 3 of its first 4 games on the road, the Virginia men's basketball team is in third place in the ACC with a 3-1 record.

If it weren't for a lucky bounce, Virginia might be 4-0 in the ACC.

Even though a late rally fell short at Duke, the Cavaliers showed the fight they'll need going forward.

UVa head coach Tony Bennett said, "To not quit, to not lay down, to find ways to get back into it and have a chance to be up 1 with that amount of time and have a chance...certainly they made a tough shot, a good bounce whatever you want to say, I was pleased with that."

Virginia will play its next 3 games at John Paul Jones Arena.   The 'Hoos will host Florida State on Saturday, who they've already beat earlier this season in Tallahassee.

The Cavaliers will host North Carolina, who's 0-3 in the ACC on Monday followed by rival, Virginia Tech.

You want to make the most you have to try everything to protect home court.

Up first a rematch with the Seminoles. Virginia never trailed in its 12-point win at Florida State two weeks ago.

"We defended well and rebounded well," said Bennett. "Offensively we took care of the ball and really in all the things since Tennessee that has changed is we've been better with the ball."

Two days later, Virginia will face a North Carolina team that has beaten ranked teams - Michigan State and Kentucky - but also lost to Wake Forest and NC State.

Bennett said, "The things they've done, that's a talented team, they've just been on the wrong side and they've just been a little off in these conference games. Our conference is good. I know RPI it might not be there, but our conference is getting better, and the teams are improving and there's depth in it...I know how capable they are and hopefully when they come here we'll be ready to go."

 

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