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Malcolm Brogdon Stepping Up For UVa

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Brogdon is 2nd on the team in scoring and rebounding Brogdon is 2nd on the team in scoring and rebounding

The Virginia men's basketball team is 4-1 in the ACC, after the twelve-point win at home against Florida State Saturday.  

The Cavaliers have won eleven-straight conference games at home, which is tied for the longest active streak in the ACC.  

Sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon had a big game for the Hoos against the Seminoles, with 16 points, six assists, and four steals.  

He has scored in double figures in all five of UVa's conference games this season.  

The 6-foot-5 guard is currently second on the team in scoring and rebounding.  

Brogdon missed all of last season while recovering from foot surgery, and head coach Tony Bennett says the sophomore is rounding into form.

"He's been solid since we started ACC play," says Bennett.  "He's shown his completeness.  Taking care of the ball, guarding.  His size and strength has helped.  He hit a couple of floaters and pull-up's.  He seems more comfortable on the floor."

Brogdon says, "I think I've learned my role.  I have a coach that allows me to play with freedom, that allows me to make mistakes and stay on the floor, and sort of play through them and learn from them."  

Virginia will take on one of college basketball's blue blood's Monday night, as the Cavaliers host North Carolina at John Paul Jones Arena.  

UVa is tied for second place in the ACC standings after the win against FSU, and are off to their best start in conference place since 1995.  

The defense continues to lead the way, as Virginia is ranked 4th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 56.6 points per game.  

The Cavaliers split two games against North Carolina last year.  

The teams will play only once in the regular season this year.  

The Tar Heels are just 1-3 in conference play, but head coach Tony Bennett says that'll only make them tougher.

"That's a storied program, and they have very gifted players," says Bennett.  "When your back gets against the wall, as we saw against Duke, you see teams come out and respond.  It'll be our job to be as ready as we can.  Certainly, they're talented.  I know they got off to a slow start, but they've shown great basketball in tough settings at different times this year, and we have to be ready for it."

Senior Joe Harris says, "Really excited to play against Carolina.  Very talented team.  They've shown they can play with anyone in the country.  I'm sure they're going to come into our place and be playing pretty well.  It'll be a tough game, but we're looking forward to it."  

Virginia and North Carolina tip-off Monday at seven o'clock.

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