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Day after victory...

In the next few days, I'll take a closer look at some of the key elements learned in Wednesday's win over No. 24 Alabama-Birmingham. It's important to keep the win in perspective -- UAB, by Coach Mike Davis's own admission, was playing with the pressure of trying to remained ranked and John Paul Jones Arena actually provided an advantage -- but the game was the first indication that U-Va. is buying into Coach Tony Bennett's philosophy.

There's a Bennett quote that did not make the game story that is important to share: "I’m not letting them take shortcuts. I’m demanding certain things defensively. We try and hold them accountable for staying in the stance. Offensively we’re asking them to make the extra pass and be really team-oriented. It’s not an easy way, but, it’s something that when it’s played well stands up to good competition.”

Holding UAB to 63 points provided a glimpse that the Cavaliers can beat good teams by imposing their style of play. It worked for Bennett at Washington State, and there were many skeptics wondering how it could translate in the ACC. I'm far from convinced -- a single victory of UAB does not answer every question -- but Wednesday was a good first step.

By Zach Berman  |  December 31, 2009; 3:56 PM ET
 
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