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Cavaliers Mingle with Fans at "Meet the Team" Event

Hundreds of Virginia faithful packed John Paul Jones Arena Sunday to get up close and personal with their favorite Cavaliers at the team's "Meet the Team" event.

Players and coaches spent 90 minutes posing for pictures and signing autographs for fans, many who waited in long lines to meet their favorites.

Virginia has a record eight home games this season, including stiff matchups against BYU, Oregon and Clemson, and the players would love to see a turnout at Scott Stadium like the one they saw Sunday.

"I think it's very important, especially with the schedule we have set up this year," senior Morgan Moses said. "To be able to bring eight home games to our fans is something that's never been done at UVa before so far. So to have eight home games and have our home fans behind us means a lot for us."

"I mean absolutely, if you're bringing in teams from the west coast over here and getting them to Charlottesville, it's great to have an atmosphere that makes it feel like it's our home field and they're at a bit of a disadvantage," fellow senior Luke Bowanko added. "Obviously we had a great showing today and hopefully it carries over August 31st."

Great fan attendance would create a distinct homefield advantage for the Wahoos, who insist the fans themselves can have an effect on the game.

"Huge difference," sophomore Eli Harold said of the fans influence on a game. "Being loud on third down, being supportive when we score touchdowns, that kind of stuff. It's going to be a big help."

"It definitely can make a difference," junior Demetrious Nicholson added. "We can have homefield advantage, make it harder for the opponents offensive game and we can feed off that energy they bring to the game."

"In a football game there's a lot of momentum swings so when the crowd is there to pick you up when you're down and cheer you on when you're up, it makes a huge difference," Bowanko said.

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