In his 11 1/2 seasons at Virginia, Terry Holland has taken two teams to the Final Four and won 245 games. Perhaps that's why he wasn't unduly impressed with Thursday night's 86-73 upset of top-ranked, previously unbeaten North Carolina.
"North Carolina is a great team," Holland said. "They come out at you hard, and if you back off, it's going to be hard to rebound against them. But if you attack their defense -- and I think we were in an attack mode for most of the game -- and get past their first line, then you give your guys a good run at the basket."
Although Holland was relatively calm, center Olden Polynice was enthusiastic.
"It's just a great feeling to beat this team," said Polynice of his first such experience, North Carolina having won the last seven games in this series. "They are a great team, but they are not unbeatable."
Polynice, a 6-foot-11 junior, is pictured shooting over North Carolina's Brad Daugherty on the preseason-issued Virginia media guide. He did just that a couple of times en route to a team-high 19 points Thursday night.
Polynice and Tom Sheehey (11 points) each had 10 rebounds, and rebounding was the key. If you look at only one statistic, it has to be this one: Virginia had more offensive rebounds (21) than North Carolina had defensive rebounds (20).
"We knew we had to rebound to beat them," Polynice said. "They had the height but we had the quickness, and on offense we knew we could go around them. Carolina is so spread out on defense, they can't all go to the basket."