Cavaliers travel to UNC for top-7 ACC clash
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Through eight non-conference games Virginia has yet to lose and has outscored opponents 27-1, but the real challenges are ahead starting with their ACC opener at No. 2 North Carolina.
"Can your players execute under pressure situations in a game environment like the ones we're going to face," UVA head coach Steve Swanson said, "You're trying to prepare for this in training, but in some ways you got to play the games."
The Cavaliers will travel to Chapel Hill on Saturday night for a top-seven ACC showdown. The Tar Heels already opened ACC play a week ago with a 3-0 win over No. 3 Duke.
Virginia and UNC have competed against each other at the top of the conference for years, but usually to the Tar Heels' advantage. The Cavaliers have not beaten North Carolina since 2014 in the ACC Tournament and have not won in Chapel Hill since 2013.
"You just can't take plays off against teams like this, you can't take minutes off, you've got to stay focused," Swanson said.
UVA, currently ranked No. 7 in the country, is one of six ACC programs featured in the latest top-25 rankings, including four in the top-seven.
"I think that's why we're looking forward to the game because it's going to test you in ways that maybe we haven't been tested yet this season and I think that's a good thing," Swanson said.