Check out the ACC men's basketball standings here. Lots of interesting stuff, and we might as well enjoy it while we can. Of course, Virginia is in first place, the only undefeated team in the conference. There are some other interesting items in that chart, as well. Take a look at each team's record against teams ranked in the Top 25. Every team other than Miami has played at least one game against ranked teams. Of the 11 remaining teams, only one is undefeated in those games. Yep, you guessed it: Virginia, at 3-0. North Carolina has lost four games against ranked teams.
Next, take a look at the "STRK" column. How beautiful is it to see Virginia with a 9-game winning streak, and UNC with a 4-game losing streak?
Also, as mentioned in a post below, not only is UVa the only undefeated team in the ACC, but every other team besided Maryland has at least two losses. It's unreal. What's next? Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together...mass hysteria?
As badly as this season started, no one could have expected to see Virginia in this position at this point. You can go back through the archives here and see that I've been very consistent in saying that the team was improving markedly with each game and that I was excited about the direction Tony Bennett was taking this team...but no way could I have predicted this much success once ACC play started.
Okay, now it's time for the inevitable "Don't get too excited" statement. It's good advice, really. A team is never as good as it looks on it's best day, and it's never as bad as it looks on it's worst day. Virginia will likely not remain in first place throughout the season. However, anything that happens after this point is just icing on the cake. Tony Bennett has taken a cast of misfits, has-beens, and never-wases (plus Sylven Landesberg and Mike Scott), and turned them into a competitive outfit. It's so much fun to watch.
Whatever happens for the rest of this season, this team is going to be remembered fondly. They play very hard, and they are all making every effort to play the style Coach Bennett likes...and it's clear that style is going to work. Sit back and enjoy, Virginia fans. The next decade could be a lot of fun.