Originally Posted by cumberlandreds
UVA is probbaly the toughest place to win in the ACC. Bennett has his work cut out for him there.
It shouldn't be, though.
* Great public university with big-time resources.
* Brand new arena that by most accounts is a tremendous facility.
* Close proximity to some pretty fertile recruiting grounds of metro-DC.
* Plenty of publicity due to conference affiliation.
Duke & Carolina are probably going to continue their stays at the top of the conference for a while. The trick is being able to consistently position yourself as the #3-#5 team in the league for a while. That's good enough to keep you inside the top 25, on TV regularly, into the conference tournament semis and the NCAA tourney. Maryland pulled that off for a while with the Steve Blake / Juan Dixon era (when they also notched a national title). Otherwise, that #3-#5 pecking order has been pretty fluid. No reason that Virginia can't get to that point.
Not sure that Bennett is the right guy to get them there, but that's a whole other discussion.