'Hoos Hoping to Win First ACC Tournament Championship since 1976
The 'Hoos know what it feels like to cut down the net. The ACC regular season champion Wahoos hope to do it again in Greensboro.
UVa sophomore guard Anthony Gill says, "It would be good to win this whole thing and bring something special back to Charlottesville and the fans, they deserve it here."
Virginia has only won the ACC tournament once. That was 38 years ago in 1976.
UVa senior forward Akil Mitchell says, "We're not looking at it as a chance to make history, we've broken some barriers earlier this year, and I feel like every guy has confidence in our team."
UVa sophomore guard Justin Anderson says, " We're not content at all with the ACC regular season championship, that gets to go on the wall and our names etched in the trophy, but we want more."
The Cavaliers finished the season with a loss to Maryland, snapping the 'Hoos 13-game win streak.
UVa head coach Tony Bennett says, " There's some things that happened in that game and you see it. Its great when you can learn lessons in victories, but sometimes you learn the best ones when you get beat like we did. I hope it got our attention and we have to be hungry heading into this ACC tournament."
Top-seed Virginia will play Friday at noon against the winner of 8-seed Florida State and 9-seed Maryland.
Mitchell says, "They're both good athletic teams, they really pressure us on the defensive end. We'll prepare for both the same way."
Virginia needs to win three straight games on three straight days to win it all
UVa freshman guard London Perrantes says, "We got to have heart, we got to have a lot of heart and play our game, the defensive game and outlast people. But I feel like this week we're going to prepare well and then be well-rested because three straight games is going to be tough, but I think we all have the mindset for that."
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