CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Cavaliers practiced on Sunday, and they are hoping to play on Wednesday, albeit with a limited roster.
That was the message from head coach Tony Bennett, during a press conference with the media on Monday.
“As of right now, we’ll have enough,” says Bennett. “If everything stays the way it is, we’ll be good to go. Not at full strength, of course, but in a spot where if you can get games, you got to try and play them. And you want to be as ready as you can, by being smart, and safe, but then trying to be ready to go with opportunities that are in front of you.”
Virginia has been in contact tracing since New Year’s Day, when a staff member tested positive, and the ‘Hoos had to postpone their match against Virginia Tech.
Bennett says, “You’re always at the whim of, ‘Ok, uh-oh, what if something else pops up?’ Then you have to adjust from that standpoint. But we’re very conservative here, and we’re trying to make the right decisions. Obviously, you hear every coach say it, and I hope they mean it, ‘In the best interests of everybody being healthy and safe.’ You also have that tension of you’re trying to have a team, and a staff, to work and get ready.”
Virginia is getting ready to take on Wake Forest in its ACC home opener.
The game tips-off on Wednesday at nine o’clock at John Paul Jones Arena.