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Monday Motivation: January 12

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What's that? I'm sorry, I can't hear you over all this winning.

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Monday, Wahoo fans! Yet another big week for the Cavaliers both athletically and academically (we're coming for you, Cali schools). The ACC basketball schedule is fully underway, and already chock full of excitement and upsets (I see you, NC State). Let's check out the week's action.

Women's Basketball defeated Wake Forest in a thriller, 72-70. First year Mikayla Venson scored 21 points on 6-13 shooting, including 5-10 from three point land. Venson's impressive performance was capped with two cold-booded, last-second free throws that sealed the win for the Hoos. They are now 2-1 in conference, and host Boston College on 15 January.

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And they wore orange unis. The best.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/UVaWBBHoops">@UVaWBBHoops</a> to wear orange unis tonight against <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WakeForest?src=hash">#WakeForest</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ColorOnColor?src=hash">#ColorOnColor</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UniSwag?src=hash">#UniSwag</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoHoos?src=hash">#GoHoos</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Wahoowa?src=hash">#Wahoowa</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Nike?src=hash">#Nike</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ACCWBB?src=hash">#ACCWBB</a> <a href="http://t.co/j3WasDQIMY">pic.twitter.com/j3WasDQIMY</a></p>&mdash; Matthew Althoff (@UVAEquipment) <a href="https://twitter.com/UVAEquipment/status/553335545515212800">January 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Congratulations to Julia Elbaba on her No.1 singles ranking, the first in Virginia Women's Tennis history. She won the USTA/ITA National Indoor Singles Championship back in November, and will lead the preseason sixth ranked Hoos when the season starts.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Junior <a href="https://twitter.com/JulesElbaba">@JulesElbaba</a> has earned the program&#39;s first No. 1 singles ranking! Congratulations Julia &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoHoos?src=hash">#GoHoos</a> <a href="http://t.co/L4XcPDMgJj">pic.twitter.com/L4XcPDMgJj</a></p>&mdash; UVa Women&#39;s Tennis (@UVaWomensTennis) <a href="https://twitter.com/UVaWomensTennis/status/552568857597345792">January 6, 2015</a></blockquote>

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In other "Badass Lady-Hoo" news, Morgan Brian better clear more space on the bookshelf as she took home her second consecutive MAC Hermann Trophy. Morgan becomes just the fourth repeat winner on the women's side, and fifth Wahoo to win the award (all the other four are on the men's side, however). Congrats!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Congrats to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USWNT?src=hash">#USWNT</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/UVaWSoccer">@UVaWSoccer</a>&#39;s Morgan Brian for winning the 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy! <a href="http://t.co/eVHVa8ly7g">pic.twitter.com/eVHVa8ly7g</a></p>&mdash; U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) <a href="https://twitter.com/ussoccer_wnt/status/553705665428860928">January 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Congrats to <a href="https://twitter.com/moeebrian">@moeebrian</a> on another <a href="https://twitter.com/HermannTrophy">@HermannTrophy</a>. 2013 &amp; 2014 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoHoos?src=hash">#GoHoos</a> <a href="http://t.co/hosyU7RTFT">pic.twitter.com/hosyU7RTFT</a></p>&mdash; UVa Women&#39;s Soccer (@UVaWSoccer) <a href="https://twitter.com/UVaWSoccer/status/553704660423294976">January 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Time to check in with Tony Bennett and the Men's Basketball team...

What's that? Still undefeated?

Yep. Un-dee-feeee-ted.

In their ACC home opener, the Hoos hosted the NC State Wolfpack, emerging victorious with a final score of 61-51. After a couple uncharacteristic outings on the defensive end, Virginia hunkered down in the second half and gave up just nine field goals and twenty points. Additionally, they were able to shut down Ralston Turner (Overdrive) by limiting him to 0-3 shooting after a 5-5, 14 point effort in the first half.

Justin Anderson led the Virginia scoring with 16 points in yet another balanced affair. Malcolm Brogdon contributed 14 points, while Anthony Gill added 12 and Mike Tobey 11. The win pushed the No.3 ranked Hoos to 14-0, and became an even more impressive win after the Wolfpack took down Duke on Sunday.

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In case you missed it, there was a must see moment in the post-game with Coach Bennett as he thinks he spies Joe Harris (SWOON) on the TV. Also, take a moment to appreciate that tie/suit game that Tony Bennett is crushing.

Next up, Virginia traveled to South Bend to take on No.13 Notre Dame. The Irish came into the matchup at 15-1, and still riding the high of taking out North Carolina at the Dean Dome.

Virginia jumped out to a 10 point lead in the first half, but went cold as Notre Dame found some offensive rhythm and took a three point lead into halftime. The game was an intense back and forth affair, but Virginia took the lead for good with less than four minutes to play. Once again, the Hoos used a balanced attack to wear down their opponents. This time, Darion Atkins led the offensive charge with 14 points, while Brogdon added 13 and Anderson 11. Marial Shayok, once again, contributed solid minutes. He had seven points against the Irish, including a cold-blooded step back three late in the game. Perrantes played turnover-free ball.

In the last five games, six different Hoos have led scoring: Brogdon and Tobey (Harvard), Gill (Davidson), Perrantes (Miami), Anderson (NC State), and Atkins (Notre Dame). That's team ball.

Defensively, the old Hoos were back. The Irish came in shooting hot and averaging upwards of 80 points per game. Virginia held them to just 33.9% from the field and 56 points. Leading scorer Jerian Grant, who came into the game averaging 17.7 points per game, scored just six points and had no points until just under 10 minutes remained in the contest. Malcolm Brogdon pulled the assignment of marking Grant, but the help defense was excellent. Once again, Virginia showed they can dictate pace and play their game, and picked up a crucial ACC road win.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Per <a href="https://twitter.com/ErichJBacher">@ErichJBacher</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UVa?src=hash">#UVa</a> has held 40 straight ACC opponents under 50-percent shooting from the field.</p>&mdash; CavsCorner (@Cavs_Corner) <a href="https://twitter.com/Cavs_Corner/status/554100967004979201">January 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Is that good?

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With Duke's loss to State, Virginia is now one of the two remaining unbeaten teams in the country along with Kentucky. Yep. One of two.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Yet again, <a href="https://twitter.com/UVAMensHoops">@UVAMensHoops</a> proves it can compete for the national title. Consistent. Home. Road. Big. Strong. Confident. Winners.</p>&mdash; Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNAndyKatz/status/554079408857026560">January 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Notre Dame came into this game averaging 85.0 PPG. Virginia held the Irish to 56 --- in South Bend. One heck of a win for the Cavaliers.</p>&mdash; Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/554079594534682624">January 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jerian Grant went 2-for-7 and scored 6 points. .... That&#39;s all you need to know about Virginia.</p>&mdash; Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) <a href="https://twitter.com/MedcalfByESPN/status/554079583738134529">January 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Even our best friend Seth Davis had to show some love.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Just a terrific win for Virginia in South Bend. Talented, well-coached, tough-minded team.</p>&mdash; Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) <a href="https://twitter.com/SethDavisHoops/status/554079322743795713">January 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Virginia has picked up some impressive wins en route to 15-0.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UVa?src=hash">#UVa</a> has road wins at VCU, Maryland, Notre Dame and Miami. And they beat Harvard by 50. Most impressive resume in the country?</p>&mdash; Justin Ferber (@Justin_Ferber) <a href="https://twitter.com/Justin_Ferber/status/554081561302556672">January 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Top 20 teams in this week&#39;s AP poll have lost at home nine times this season. Virginia owns three of those wins (Notre Dame, Maryland, VCU).</p>&mdash; Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffEisenberg/status/554083728503238656">January 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Next up, the Hoos host Clemson on Tuesday night at 8pm on the ACC Network. Then they hit the road to Boston to face Boston College. Keep rolling, guys.

Go Hoos!