CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- Virginia head coach Tony Bennett addressed the media after the Cavaliers 69-40…
Virginia Reacts to Liberty Win
On non-conference schedule:
"We feel like we have a good non-conference schedule. It'll hopefully prepare us for a league that looks really strong when you're watching some of these teams play. We wanted a tough non-conference schedule to prepare us, and we have that, without a doubt."
On London Perrantes:
"He doesn't get sped up. I think we saw that against the pressure when we went against VCU. He has a calm and a poise to him. He is a better shooter than he's showing, but he has vision, too. You like that with your guard who has the ball in his hands. He really sees the floor. He's still has got to learn to be continuous for the whole possession on defense, not just two-thirds."
On the difference between the first and second half:
"We started off a little impatient and did not communicate well. We came out in the second half and got on the offensive glass, rotated the ball, and made them earn it a little more. We didn't give them as many shots at the rim."
On energy level of team:
"I think it's contagious. When guys start sharing the ball, you get some easy buckets and your defense revs up. We had to be good collectively. We had Joe [Harris] passing up a good shot to get a really good shot. When you have one of your best players doing that, that's what it's all about. Obviously, guys made some plays and our defense turned into offense."
On the play of the big men off the bench:
"I thought Darion [Atkins] was very good off the bench. He had six offensive rebounds and was active. I think we have a lot of strengths and our frontcourt is one of them. Anthony [Gill] can score, and with Darion's defensive activity, that is a strength of ours. We have to understand that. Doing a couple passes and jacking up a three won't get it done."
Virginia Guard Malcolm Brogdon
On the team being based on inside play:
"It's definitely a change, but it is something that does have to change. We have such talented bigs now that can really do it all, so we need to play through them. When we get them open and let them make plays, they in turn get us open shots and make the game easier for the guards."
On getting up for early season games:
"I don't think it's hard to get up. I think we're a pretty competitive team. I think since it's early in the season it might look like it's hard to get up but in reality we're just trying to work out our chemistry and put it all together, and we're in the process. I think in the second half we started playing better and making shots."
Virginia Forward Darion Atkins
On Virginia's energy:
"It definitely becomes very contagious. There's just something about that energy that builds chemistry slowly. I think it really shows on the court. It seems like once one of us gets that energy flowing everyone else just feeds on it."
On Virginia's non-conference schedule:
"It's not too bad in my opinion. You can never take a team too lightly. I feel like if we come out and play our game and stick to our principles, then we can play with anyone."
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