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Cavaliers Shoot for Best ACC Start in 31 Years

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The Virginia men's basketball team will wrap up a three-game homestand Saturday, as the Cavaliers take on Virginia Tech at John Paul Jones Arena.  

The Wahoos are 5-1 in conference play.  

A victory against the Hokies Saturday would give UVa its best start in the ACC since Ralph Sampson's senior year in 1983.  

Virginia Tech has just one win in the league, but the Cavaliers say they won't be looking past the Hokies.

"In this league, everybody is capable," says head coach Tony Bennett.  "If you're not right, you can be beat.  If you're right, you have a chance to be successful.  That's how we're approaching every game, and knowing there will be a lot of energy and excitement in the building."

Sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon says, "It is always a big rivalry.  We will be excited about the game, but we're going to treat Virginia Tech like we do anybody else, even Duke.  We're going to prepare the same way, try to establish ourselves, and play Virginia basketball."  

UVa is in second place in the A-C-C standings, and are coming of an easy win against North Carolina.  

The 5-1 mark is the Wahoos best start in the league since 1995.  

All of Virginia's wins in conference have come by double digits.  

Virginia Tech fell 83-77 loss at home against Wake Forest Wednesday night.  

Tech trailed by as many as 21-points in the first half against the Demon Deacons.  

UVa has won three games in a row against its rivals.

Senior Akil Mitchell says, "Virginia Tech is always a good game.  They always bring passion, they always bring energy, whether it's here or there.  It'll be fun to play here.  I'm sure it'll be a packed house.  We're just excited to get another opportunity."

Bennett adds, "You want to be as ready as you can.  It's at our place, so hopefully it'll be a live crowd.  Those games have no disappointed with intensity."

The sold out game between Virginia and Virginia Tech will air on NBC 29 Saturday at 3PM.

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