UVa confident, wary headed into matchup with Coastal Carolina

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by Neal Bennett, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 22 at 1:32 AM

RALEIGH, NC-  A #16 seed has never beat a number one seed. That history is on the side of the Virginia Cavaliers as they head into their second round NCAA tournament match up with Coastal Carolina on Friday night.

Virginia's two senior starters, Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell, addressed the media before UVa's open practice at PNC Arena.

Harris downplayed the importance of UVa getting the number one seed in the East region. "That number next to you doesn't mean anything at all", Harris said. 

UVa returns to "March Madness" two years after falling to Florida in the 2012 tourney.  Mitchell says there has been quite a bit of growth since then. "This team has a lot more confidence than two years ago...we are playing good basketball."

Mitchell credits ACC coach of the year Tony Bennett with the team's success this year. "Coach Bennett worked really hard to establish a brand of basketball...a hard nosed defensive brand of basketball.", Mitchell said.

The Cavaliers take on Coastal Carolina Friday night at 9:25 p.m. They game will be televised on TBS.

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