CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The latest AP Top 25 remained unchanged at the top with Virginia sticking at No. 3, not that the number really matters for Tony Bennett and the Cavaliers.

"I don't want to say it's insignificant, it's significant to get off to a good start and play good basketball in the games we have," Bennett said on Saturday after Virginia beat Florida State in their ACC opener, "The numbers are the numbers, there's so much basketball left."

More numbers came out on Monday with the first NET rankings introduced to the public. Virginia was ranked No. 9 with only Purdue having more Quad I wins than the Cavaliers so far this season.

The win over the Seminoles was not the most impressive performance of the season for a UVA team with an already eye-catching resume. Virginia struggled in the first half shooting only 23.1% from the field, but came back with an inspired effort in the second half to move to 7-0 on the season.

"We were in fights at Michigan, Baylor, Illinois," Bennett said, "We aren't the kind of team that's just going to dominate you and think we can just show up and just win, if we do that would be surprising to me. The message was walk in the way we should go today, just walk in the right way, our way, how we have to play."

The season is littered with distractions from rankings to injuries as Virginia played with a banged up Reece Beekman on Saturday, but Bennett says all that matters is what a team does "in between the lines" when asked if the early success was a distraction for younger players. Bennett says his best teams have been able to cancel out the noise.

"A ranking or 'oh they beat us last year, we got to get revenge' with Florida State, none of that stuff matters,"  What matters is how you practice, then you step onto the court in the game and all the other stuff is fluff."

Another distraction is narratives going into games like revenge, similar to playing a Seminoles team who beat UVA last year on a buzzer-beater and just like their next matchup with James Madison visiting John Paul Jones Arena a year after upsetting the Cavaliers on their home court. The Dukes enter ranked No. 40 in the NET and present another challenge for Virginia and a test to see if an experienced team can continue to focus on what is between the lines.

"This is about playing and get as ready as we can and prepare for a heck of a JMU team," Bennett said, "They can score and they're good and they took it to us last year and we'll have to be ready I get that."