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Cavaliers shoot for revenge

Embarrassing loss in first match-up, tournament hopes motivate squad ahead of duel with rival Hokies

The No. 25 (AP) Virginia men's basketball team seek revenge tonight against in-state rival Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. The Cavaliers (20-6, 7-5 ACC) fell to the Hokies (15-12. 4-8 ACC) 47-45 Jan. 22. Virginia entered the match-up with a 15-2 record and a season-high ranking of No. 15 but staggers into tonight's game losers of three of its last five games.

After a huge 71-44 victory against Maryland Saturday, the Cavaliers are ready to carry that success into tonight's crucial tilt.

"It just means it's a quick turnaround," senior guard Sammy Zeglinski said. "It's just a whole different team."

Zeglinski was one of several key players who contributed to Virginia's first marquee offensive performance in weeks. After breaking 60 points just once this February, the Cavaliers exploded for 40 points in the second half alone to zoom past the Terrapins. Senior forward Mike Scott led the charge, tallying a game-high 25 points and exhibiting again why his team's postseason chances rest squarely on his shoulders.

"Mike is having a terrific year," coach Tony Bennett said. "He is showing his versatility. He desperately wants to leave behind a successful senior year, and to leave a stamp on this program to help it in the future."

Scott contributes to the team's success on and off the court,