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Eyeing IU

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What they are saying

Here’s what Virginia coach Al Groh had to say about facing Indiana during his weekly news conference Monday.

“I think our team is very excited about the challenge that we have in playing a Big Ten team. It's only the third Big Ten team we've played, since we have been at Virginia, the first was our first game against Wisconsin. So since that very first game we've actually only played one, and that was Minnesota in, I believe, 2005, so it's a very physical, very competitive game and we expect the same kind of challenge here this week against a team that one thing for the coaches today, it's pretty clear it's a different kind of day from other weeks because we don't have any of that built in information about the team.

“How they tried to play us in the past, who the personnel is, we don't know anybody from recruiting and what his natural speed is so it's taken deeper research. It's a fun project to be on but it's very challenging and that makes today a very, very important today because everything that follows from today is based on what is discovered during the course of the day from the coaches.

“So this is a day of great diligence for us. We are pretty impressed with a physical team like this. They'll play the most physical style of anybody we've played so far this year, so what typically is the long standing reputation of the Big Ten, although clearly that's changed, the style of the teams, the Michigan offense and what Purdue has done over recent years, but still known as a smash mouth league, and they clearly play a physical style. They have that kind of players, I’m sure they played that way in high school, too. So it will be a real good challenge for our team.”

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