Kris’ Monday Musings: Letdowns?

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Jontel Evans gathered seven rebounds and contributed four assists in his first career start.

The Virginia men’s basketball team has won seven straight games and started 3-0 in the ACC. ESPN’s Andy Katz named UVa his team of the week. Excitement is soaring and fan support is climbing. And along comes UNC-Wilmington, a non-league game that was rescheduled from a December snow-out.

It’s the Hoos’ final non-conference game in the regular season and the Seahawks are 6-11 overall. It has all the makings of a classic trap game, doesn’t it? I asked Jontel Evans , the Cavaliers’ freshman point guard, how the team can avoid a letdown after really picking up its play since the exam break.

“There shouldn’t be any let-downs. We should come out every night with the same energy that we have. We shouldn’t take teams lightly,” Evans said. “Like Coach says, one of our five principles is humility. We’ve got to know who we are. We can’t think too highly of ourselves or we can’t think too lowly of ourselves. We’ve just got to stay right there, stay confident and stay positive but don’t think too highly or too lowly of ourselves.”

Evans wasn’t the only player to mention the program’s pillars after the game. Jerome Meyinsse referenced humility as well in Jeff White’s VirginiaSports.com story on the Miami win:

“One of the things that Coach Bennett preaches to us is humility. Don’t get too high, don’t get too low. Georgia Tech was a big win, but we knew we had to come out and play hard and play tough, and we were in for another battle tonight. We all came out focused, and it showed tonight on the court.”

It seems pretty clear what the message has been for the team during this winning streak doesn’t it? It was encouraging to hear the same thoughts

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