How about them Hoos?
Any doubters now?
If you have or keep making excuses about UVA and their unbalanced ACC schedule, or that they only had to play UNC,Duke, and Syracuse 1x, or how they shouldnt be a #1 seed or for all those who emailed me and told me that UVA would be the first #1 to go out- I ask again: Who is doubting now?...err...Hoos doubting now?
Being in Vegas this weekend, I was so confident Virginia would not only win but would win by double digits, I bet them yesterday to cover the 6.5. Why was I confident? Because Friday night at halftime of a gunky,out of sorts UVA performance vs Coastal Carolina, Tony Bennett told his team to "stop playing afraid."
Afraid of what I am not sure? Maybe pressure of being in the dance? Maybe being the #1 seed? I will also give Coastal Carolina credit for throwing a wrench at UVA.
According to Jerry Ratcliffe of the Charlottesville Daily Progress, Bennett told his team at the half JUST THAT "STOP BEING AFRAIDL. “If you lose, you lose. Play as hard as you can defensively. You’ve got to lay everything you’ve got defensively and let it come offensively. You’re going to win it with your defense.”
Yesterday they won it with their defense and with a care free,nothing to lose attitude that showed on their offense, defense, rebounding and overall tenacity.
Virginia has a big matchup vs Michigan State on Friday night and it will be a tall task but UVA will be up for it and it just as they have in every big game since December 31.
More on the Hoos coming up at 3pm as I broadcast live from the Sports Book of New York,New York Hotel and Casino.