Wahoos have handled quick turnarounds

BLACKSBURG, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Depending on what happens Wednesday night in Durham, Virginia will either remain in sole possession of second place in the ACC men's basketball standings, or move back into a tie with Duke atop the conference.

UVA improved to 11-2 in ACC play (23-2 overall) with Monday's 64-58 victory at Virginia Tech. With that win, the Wahoos took sole possession of second place in the ACC, a half-game behind Duke (11-1) and a half-game in front of North Carolina (10-2). On Wednesday, the Tar Heels visit Duke for the first of their two meetings this season.

UVA's win in Blacksburg was the second in as many weeks on ESPN's 'Big Monday' showcase. Playing on that national stage means a short turnaround between conference games. For the Wahoos, that meant playing at Cassell Coliseum two days after beating Notre Dame 60-54 at John Paul Jones Arena.

Last week, UVA bounced back from an 81-71 loss at home to Duke to beat UNC 69-61 in Chapel Hill on 'Big Monday.'

"I mean that's a challenge, for sure. They showed some guts in the game after Duke at Carolina. Same thing here," UVA coach Tony Bennett said following his team's win on Monday. "We played against Notre Dame, they had to come into this environment, well coached, talented team, all that stuff. Rival game, you've got to be ready. So they showed some toughness in the second half."

"It's what we signed up for. It's not the easiest thing in the world, but we buckled down and played good basketball," UVA guard Kyle Guy said after a 23-point performance in Blacksburg. "I think we've got a Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday-Monday coming up, so looking forward to that."

The Wahoos have five games left in the regular season, including the four-game stretch that Guy correctly pointed out. UVA travels to Louisville this weekend, then returns home to host Georgia Tech next Wednesday. That's followed by another home game against Pitt on March 2, then another quick turnaround for a 'Big Monday' visit to Syracuse on March 4.

UVA will wrap up its regular season at home against Louisville on March 9.



 
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