DURHAM, NC - JANUARY 12: Austin Rivers #0 of the Duke Blue Devils goes to the floor with Sammy Zeglinski #13 of the Virginia Cavaliers as they battle for a loose ball during play at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 12, 2012 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 61-58. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
In case you missed it yesterday, Virginia moved up to No. 15 in the AP Top 25 rankings for this week, despite the three-point loss to Duke in Durham. The Hoos stayed at No. 17 in the Coaches Poll. Tim posted the question yesterday of whether you believe in moral victories, and whether Thursday's game counts as one. I'd argue yes to the query, and would point to this week's rankings as an example of a victory arising out of defeat.
The trickier part, of course, is that the Hoos have a full seven days to stew over the loss, which may or may not be an issue for Zeglinski. Captain Clutch was ice cold last week -- the guy whose best shot is an off-balance fadeaway buzzer-beating half-court three pointer put up a goose egg in the nail biter of a game. Whitey Reid of the Daily Progress explores some reactions of Tony Bennett and Zeglinski's teammates, and how the team moves forward to prepare for Thursday.
We'll have more on the game at Georgia Tech throughout the week, but I wanted to share with you this gem of a picture before we move on from the Duke loss.