Mike Scott was able to tick off a list of players that he's been extra fired up to play during his time at Virginia.
Of all the motivators in college basketball, perhaps none is as strong as graduation.
Five teams in the ACC have winning records, and the jockeying for position heats up Saturday night as Virginia heads to N.C. State. The winner will lock down fourth place in the league standings.
It didn't take long for No. 19 Virginia to feel the loss of 7-foot Assane Sene.
Akil Mitchell has heard the gripes.
Virginia's Mike Scott watched in street clothes last season as Miami twice rallied late in games to beat the Cavaliers, including a stunning comeback from 10 points down in 40 seconds in the ACC tournament.
Virginia is getting close to opening its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule, and the way the Cavaliers played Friday night against winless Towson certainly won't help them once ACC competition begins.
Jontel Evans' performance in the first half Tuesday was forgettable. His second half was a hint Virginia could be dangerous all season if the junior guard can produce a multidimensional performance.
Joe Harris had 18 points and Mike Scott added 14 points and nine rebounds to lead Virginia to a 60-52 victory Monday over Drake in the fourth-place game of the Paradise Jam.