Break Gives Cavs Chance to Recharge


Tony Bennett has been coaching in the ACC long enough to know how much of a grind the league's schedule can be on players, both physically and mentally.

So Bennett says he'll take any kind of layoff for his 17th-ranked Virginia basketball team whenever he can get one.

"If you can recharge and refresh, that's significant," Bennett said Wednesday. "And we'll hopefully use these days to do that. And then you have two quality days to prepare. And those days are equally important."

Bennett's team completed a 4-0 run over the course of nine days with Monday's 61-53 win over Maryland at John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers don't play again until Saturday's noon tip-off at Clemson.

Because of NCAA practice restrictions, the Cavaliers have had the past two days off. They'll return to the practice court on Thursday, then leave for Clemson following practice on Friday.

Saturday's game is the first of six remaining on UVa's regular season schedule. The Cavaliers will head to Clemson 11-1 in the ACC, and riding an eight-game winning streak.

"Any time you can get a day off here and there, or less minutes in a game, or the depth, my hope is there's an accumulation effect, and it'll be positive," Bennett said. "But we'll need all the fuel in our tank, that's for sure. And that's what we're doing every time we go out. We're expending a lot of energy, but it's needed. Because at this time of the year, it is a battle."


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