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NEW YORK -- The UVA Cavaliers are gearing up for their big game against No. 4 seed Michigan State in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament Friday night.

The team seemed relaxed, yet determined during open practice Thursday afternoon.

'What we have done to get us to this point has worked up to this time, and there's nothing new...nothing changes for us,' said Virginia guard Joe Harris.

When asked about Michigan State forward Adreian Payne and the trouble he creates both in and outside the arc, Akil Mitchell admits it's going to be a tough matchup.

'He's been a tough matchup for teams all year because he can stretch the floor, he's got a good touch and he can also put the ball on the floor and post-up,' Mitchell said.

Limiting MichiganState's fast break points is one of the UVA's primary focal points heading into the game. The Spartans are averaging about 20 points per game on fast break opportunities.

'It was something we focused on against Memphis was getting back in transition,' Mitchell said. 'So it will be something that we have to focus in on again, getting the ball stopped, keeping them out of the paint, and then making them play against a set defense.'

Either way, Coach Tony Bennett says its going to be a war of attrition.

'I think when we're playing at our best, our style gives us a chance to beat the best,' Bennett added.
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