January 7, 2014

Preview: Cavaliers to host Deacs

A week and a half after being embarrassed at Tennessee only to come back five days later to win convincingly at Florida State, UVa finally turns to Charlottesville for its ACC home opener tomorrow night when the Cavaliers host Wake Forest (7 p.m., ESPN3).


The victory in the team's first conference game this past weekend was quite the head turner, especially considering the loss to the Vols, the team's losing streak in the Sunshine State, and then the fact that UVa was without senior guard Joe Harris for all but the first two minutes due to a concussion.


Still, the Wahoos (10-4, 1-0) never trailed in the win over the Seminoles and carry a lot of momentum into tomorrow night. But the Demon Deacons (11-3, 1-0) also won their conference opener and did so in an impressive fashion, knocking off then No. 19 North Carolina 73-67 at home.


The Deacs come to the John Paul Jones Arena for the first time in nearly two years tomorrow night as both teams look to start the conference season 2-0.


As big as Saturday's game in Tallahassee may have been for the Cavaliers, this game against Wake has the potential to nullify what positives came out of the victory over the Noles. After all, the last time these two teams played a much better UVa squad got beat in Winston-Salem, one of several losses that cost the Hoos a shot at the NCAA Tournament. Needless to say, winning games it's supposed to win has long been an issue for Virginia and this year's team can't afford that type of slip up going to its next two games: At NC State on Saturday and then at Duke two days later.


As we get you set for tomorrow night's ACC showdown against the Demon Deacons, we've taken a look at Wake's roster and outlined what fans should expect to see go down in Charlottesville.


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