Virginia looks to avoid the 5/12 upset Thursday vs. UNC-W
ORLANDO, FL - Virginia opens NCAA Tournament play Thursday afternoon, 12:40, against UNC-Wilmington in Orlando.
Dave Walls is covering the Cavs in Florida and breaks down the Cavaliers/Seahawks showdown.
DAVE - There's a chill in the air outside the Amway Center. For Orlando residents, that means it's just only above 50 degrees. However, inside, #5 UVA is looking to heat things up tomorrow against the #12 UNCW Seahawks.
London Perrantes, ALL-ACC 2ND-TEAM GUARD, said "They shoot a lot of shots. They get them up very quickly, so of course they're going to make some. We're going to have to make them hit contested shots all game. We just can't give up any open looks, any easy looks."
Stopping the Seahawks could prove tricky, with sophomore Devonte Cacok leading Division one in field goal percentage at 80 percent, while their press defense gave CAA opponents fits all year.
Tony Bennett, VIRGINIA HEAD COACH, said "They can run and jump. They can make it hard to get it inbounds. They can trap you and just try to disrupt you with their quickness. So they do a good job of that, and they turn that into offense."
Jordon Talley, UNC-W JUNIOR GUARD, said "I think the CAA did a good job of preparing us for a team like Virginia. College of Charleston plays very similar to Virginia. JMU kinda, they don't play as good as Virginia, but they both play similar styles."
Tony Bennett said "You watch against teams in their league and you have a feel for that, and you see them against guys we've gone again, some of the long, athletic guys, and they went at them That even opened my eyes more and gained my respect more for the stuff they can do, and I certainly shared that with our guys."