Top-Seeded Wahoos Staying Humble, Yet Motivated

Posted: Updated: Mar 17, 2014 10:56 PM

Despite winning the ACC regular season championship, the ACC tournament championship, and earning a 1-seed for the NCAA tournament, the 'Hoos are staying humble.

Coach Tony Bennett says he tells his guys, "I said don't let anyone put you on a pedestal, stay faithful to the pillars of this program, to who you are as a team.  That's gotten you here and that's what we talk about - the ability to stay faithful to that kind of thing and I think its the same message again. Start over, get back to it and prepare for obviously a fun ride hopefully coming up."

Suva sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon says, "Above all the accolades that we're getting, I think its important for us to put that stuff aside and not let that distract us from approaching the tournament one game at a time, and win every game."

But the 'Hoos are also staying motivated.   Many of the national college basketball analysts are picking a hot and healthy 4-seed Michigan State to beat Virginia on the way to winning the national championship.

Brogdon says, "Its definitely fuel for the fire, it serves as motivation, all it does is help us."

Suva senior forward Akil Mitchell says, "You can always find something to motivate you because there's always going to be people who say our conference schedule is unbalanced, we've lost to Tennessee, you can say a million different things, people always do. So we'll find little things like that that motivate us and just keep moving forward."

Virginia will face Coastal Carolina in the second round of the NCAA tournament Friday at 9:25 p.m. in Raleigh, North Carolina