RALEIGH - The 2012 UVa team was Mike Scott and that's about it. Scott is now with the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA. Without any one else, UVa got Gator chomped 71-45.
Joe Harris, Akil Mitchell, and Darion Atkins were the only current players on that team. "That team two years ago we had lost some games down the stretch and we kind of stumbled into the tournament but this year we're playing good basketball, we're a much more confident team and a little bit more experience also," Mitchell said.
Coach Tony Bennett said, "We have more maturity, more playing experience but I think the depth is the biggest difference."
"This is a new team with a lot of different people on this team and we're obviously in a much better situation now than we were two years ago I think," Harris explained.
Darion Atkins added, "[The Florida loss] hurt us. We're the last three guys that lived to tell the tale from two years ago. That game was a big game for us and it's okay to say now, we went in and blew it and we have to experience that to be able to tell guys today - we can't take it for granted Friday and we just have to come all and leave it all out on the court."