London Hopes 'Hoos Can Learn from UVa Hoops

Mike London welcomed his Virginia football team back from spring break Tuesday morning with a lesson from the team across the street that just brought home an ACC title.

London said he brought up the UVa men's basketball team in a meeting before Tuesday's third practice of the spring season.

"It's about players being selfless players, and taking their roles, and whatever that role is, embracing that role," London told reporters before Tuesday's practice.

"You look at the Virginia basketball team. Joe Harris, a superstar in his own right. But as a guy that says, "What do I need to do to help this team win?" London explained. "And that goes for any sports, and particularly ours. Everybody has a role. Embrace it."

After finishing first in the league during the regular season, the UVa basketball team completed a 3-0 weekend at the conference tournament by beating Duke 72-63 in Sunday's ACC title game. The Cavaliers are the No. 1 seed in the East Region of this year's NCAA Tournament, and will travel to Raleigh to face 16-seed Coastal Carolina on Friday night.

The men's basketball team is the latest on Grounds to experience success this school year. Last fall, both soccer teams advanced to the national semifinals, and both cross country teams finished in the top 15 nationally. The women's swimming team recently won its seventh straight ACC title, while the baseball team began the year ranked No. 1 in the country.

The football team finished 2-10 in 2013. And rising senior tight end admits, the Cavaliers have some catching-up to do.

"A lot of teams are doing really well this year," he said. "So it's something we really need to respond with, and match everybody else's level of play."

Members of the UVa football team won't be able to attend Friday night's game in Raleigh because of a practice the next morning at Scott Stadium. But players say they're seated squarely on the basketball team's bandwagon.

"It motivates you a lot. We attend a lot of the games, and show a lot of support," said rising senior safety Anthony Harris. "We're just looking to take some of the stuff that they're using. Like as far as being a great teammate, and just being selfless, and just embracing your role, and just doing it to the best of your abilities."

"There's just a trust in each other, and a bond they have, that if you can really, if we can copycat that out here, it will lead you in the right direction," said McGee.


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