Virginia coach Tony Bennett isn't ready to acknowledge that the Cavaliers have their deepest team and highest expectations in several years. He wants his players to earn whatever accolades they get.
Virginia seems more than capable of doing just that.
The 24th-ranked Cavaliers get started Friday night against James Madison in Charlottesville.
Virginia lost point guard and team captain Jontel Evans to graduation. Guards Paul Jesperson, who started 33 of 35 games, and reserve Taylor Barnette transferred.
But the Cavaliers added plenty of talent to fill the holes.
Malcolm Brogdon, who missed all of last season following foot surgery, is finally healthy and figures to get significant playing time at the point, bringing more scoring than Evans' 4.2 average. And Virginia has a transfer of its own, 6-foot-8 Anthony Gill from South Carolina, who will bring an enforcer's mentality to the frontcourt.
''He is one of the more aggressive or physical forwards we have in ...