Virginia vs. Duke Basketball: 5 Keys to a Cavalier Upset

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Virginia vs. Duke Basketball: 5 Keys to a Cavalier Upset
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Looking at the ACC standings, fans would be shocked to see who is on top of the leaderboard.

No it is not North Carolina, the team of future NBA stars, nor is it the consistent arch-rival Duke Blue Devils.

Do not get me wrong—both have a 1-0 ACC record and are in the Top 10 in the country—yet, there is only one team in the conference with only one loss on the season.

That's right, the Virginia Cavaliers are 14-1 for the first time since Ralph Sampson was wearing the orange and blue.

Virginia is ranked, and although their strength of schedule has been criticized, they can prove to everyone just how good they are this week when they go to Cameron Indoor and take on the Duke Blue Devils.

To be fair, Cameron Indoor has been a house of horrors for most teams, but certainly Virginia.

The Cavaliers have not won at Duke since 1995 in double overtime. In fact, they have rarely been competitive in those contests. Last season though, Virginia led at the half against Duke and even stretched its lead to nine before finally falling 76-60.

The Cavaliers last won against the Blue Devils in 2007—also the last time Virginia made the NCAA tournament.

Can Virginia keep their hot start to the 2011-12 season going with a big victory over Duke?  If they do, here is how they can do it.

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