It's become the trademark of the Virginia men's basketball team -- the "pack-line defense."
The man-to-man pressure defense was developed by Dick Bennett, the father of Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, and it kept the Cavaliers in just about every game this season.
And the Cavaliers think their style is built for postseason basketball.
"Dick Bennett was actually at our practices the last couple of days," said sophomore guard Joe Harris. "And he was talking about how the system that we play allows for close basketball games, regardless of who we're playing against. It's just kind of built like that."
Virginia's 53.2 points allowed per game during the regular season was second-lowest in the country this year, behind only Wisconsin's 51.9 points allowed.
Six of the Cavaliers' eight losses this season were by three points or less. They won four games by that same margin.
"We've won some close games, and had some comebacks this year. We've lost some tough ones," said Tony Bennett. "So when you get into tournament play, and you're playing at this level, you just try to be as ready as you can. And you never assume anything or take anything for granted."
"I think it helps a lot, because tournament time, you don't see a lot of blowouts. It's always tight games," agreed senior forward Mike Scott. "So with our defense, it's made for tournament time. We just have to clean up our boards and get back in transition, and we'll be fine."
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