Wahoos say loss can only help in long run

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Kyle Guy said it best how the Cavaliers ACC semifinal loss effects the team in the long run.

"We lost early enough in March to where our season's still happening," Guy said.

Despite Friday night's 69-59 loss to Florida State in the ACC tournament semifinals, the Cavaliers are still projected to be a number one seed when the NCAA tournament brackets are announced Sunday. Many projections, including ESPN's Joe Lunardi have the Cavaliers as the number one overall seed for the second year in a row.

"I think we've got a great group of guys that are willing to do, I think we'll do anything to get back on track," senior center Jack Salt said. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to practice over the next couple of days and get ready for our first tournament game."

The loss Friday snapped an eight-game winning streak for Virginia, dating back to a February 9th loss at home against Duke. Before Florida State, the Blue Devils were the only team to beat Virginia this season.

"We've just been, these guys have been amazing all year," Tony Bennett said, "and we've always found ways to pull it out. Sometimes that's a good reminder when you can't pull it out. We got to tighten the screws in other areas and be ready."

"Its going to be real painful not to play tomorrow night (in the ACC Championship game)," said junior guard Ty Jerome, "but knowing that we've got more games to prepare for as a unit, makes it that much more, slightly less painful to learn from this film."