Every time I read another article about the beginning of basketball practice for Tony Bennett's team, I get more excited for the season to finally tip off. The latest is from Michael Phillips in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Tony Bennett has been running basketball practices at U.Va. for a week now. In that time, and since workouts started this fall, the players have learned a few things about him.

The 40-year-old coach is a big fan of the movie "Rocky," and says he wants to install a "bulldog mentality" among this year's Cavaliers. He's old enough that he's taken up golf, but young enough that he carries around an iPod. He also remembers what it's like to be a player, and plans drills accordingly.

But above all, the players have learned this: They will play strong defense this year.

Defense? What's that?

Go read the entire article and see if you can avoid getting a bit excited to see what the Hoos are going to look like on the court this season. It's going to be a new-look squad, and I think people are going to be happy.