March 7, 2012
The Virginia men's basketball team touched down in Atlanta Wednesday in preparation for the ACC Tournament beginning Thursday.
As the fourth seed in the tournment, the Cavs received a first-round bye and will await the winner of the North Carolina State-Boston College game.
The Wahoos held a brief shoot-around Wednesday evening at Phillips Arena.
Due to transfers and injuries to Assane Sene and Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia is down to just seven scholarship players, so avoiding foul trouble will be key. Still, the players say playing short-handed isn't new to them.
"We're just trying to find different ways to keep playing without them. Knowing they're gone the rest of the year doesn't really change anything, you just realize you have to be smarter on defense and offense because you just don't have the bodies to compete," Akil Mitchell said.
"I definetly think it makes it more difficult because guys are going to be fatigued," added Joe Harris. They'll get tired just because the amount of minutes they're playing because we don't have the numbers. But it goes back to how tough can your team be and postseason is all about having toughness."
"Man up," Mike Scott said. "That's the only thing you can do. There is no excuses, excuses would just take the easy path out."