Tony Bennett looked to the philosopher Bobby Knight after the Cavaliers 72-70 loss at Duke Saturday night.
"I don't know if it was Coach Knight that basketball is a game of mistakes," Bennett said, "look that up who knows, sounds like it. Any good basketball quote you usually get is from him. And it is, it comes down to eliminating errors."
Knight's quote read "victory favors the team making the fewest mistakes." On Saturday night, that team was Duke. It was the first time this season the Cavaliers had not found themselves with the fewest mistakes and in the loss column. The Cavaliers fell to 16-1 and 4-1 in ACC play.
"We want to win, we'll learn from wins or losses," said junior guard Ty Jerome. "Whether we won that game by two or lost that game by two, we'll go to the film the same way and learn from it, so it'll just feel better coming off a win."
The 72 points scored by the Blue Devils were a season-high against the Cavaliers. It was the second time this season Duke was held to 72 points or fewer.
The Cavaliers get their rematch at John Paul Jones Arena on February 9. Before that, Virginia plays four other games, starting with Wake Forest on Tuesday night.
"You play Tuesday," Bennett said, "so you got to get back and get ready to play."
"What are we 24-2 in the last two years in the ACC?" junior guard Kyle Guy said. "So we'll be just fine, we'll bounce back from this. Definitely excited to play them again, but we got Wake Forest on Tuesday."