In addition to his schoolwork, Virginia sophomore Joe Harris sounds like he's been minoring in Bracketology the past few weeks.
"I'm always seeing that stuff. Talking about tournament talk, bubble watch, and all that sort of stuff," Harris said Wednesday in Atlanta, where the Cavaliers were preparing for Friday's ACC quarterfinal game. "So I'm aware of all the stuff that's going on."
Virginia enters this year's ACC Tournament as the four-seed, after finishing the regular season with a 22-8 record, 9-7 in the conference. According to several online projections (through games played on Wednesday,) that resume is already strong enough to get the Cavaliers into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007.
ESPN.com has UVa as the No. 9 seed in the East Region, facing Iowa State in Pittsburgh in the opening round. CBSSports.com and FOXSports.com both project the Cavaliers as the No. 9 seed in the South Region, and headed to Louisville. CBS predicts Virginia will face Memphis; FOX has the Cavaliers matched up with Purdue.
Harris agrees that the Cavaliers should already be in.
"I feel like we're definitely in a good spot," he said. "We ended up fourth in the ACC, in a really competitive league. But obviously, one more win, two more wins, three more wins. None of that would hurt at all."
But Harris' teammates downplayed any NCAA Tournament talk.
"I think it creeps into every guy's mind individually," said sophomore forward Akil Mitchell, "but I don't think we really want to worry to much about 'We've got to win this game, we've got to win that.' Just free up and play, and whatever happens, happens."
"I don't (pay attention to projections). I'm not sure about my other teammates. But I don't worry about that," said senior forward Mike Scott. "I'm worried about the ACC Tournament now. Worrying about Boston College or NC State now. And if anything else comes after that, then I'll worry about that."