This last factor is multi-faceted, and quite frankly hard to gauge.
I'm lumping a number of items together in this last piece of the puzzle as to why I think Virginia is starting out so hot, and why I think it is bound to continue throughout this season.
For one thing, John Paul Jones Arena (affectionately known as the "Jack" around Hooville) is a top-notch, state-of-the-art, acoustically and aesthetically brilliant edifice for basketball. For example, Virginia took down No. 10 Arizona in '06, a 93-90 W that featured a raucous capacity crowd of 15,219.
Unfortunately, a lack of sustained success in recent years has rendered the "sixth man" of the crowd a bit less effective.
However, with a successful run into the heart of the ACC schedule, expect crowds to grow along with each fresh win.
Virginia fans may be called fickle by some, but there's no question that they're always ready to spring into action to support their teams when they feel motivated.
There's definitely a feeling in the air around grounds and around the Commonwealth about this Virginia team, and I have a feeling tickets will be harder and harder to come by as we get further into the season.
Coach Tony Bennett just has such a calm, steadying demeanor that you can't help but feel at ease with him directing players from the bench.
A far cry from Gillen's sweat-drenched shirts and lack of timeouts, and Dave Leitao's loud obscenities and furious gestures, Bennett's emotions are under wraps and under control, which carries over to his teams.
This can only be a benefit with adversity on the road, and for any future tournaments in which the Cavs may find themselves.
By all accounts the Atlantic Coast Conference is "down" this year.
While Duke and North Carolina are still McDonald's All-American-filled, championship-caliber programs, and Florida State is arguably one of the top defensive teams in the entire nation with legitimate NBA talent to boot, the rest of the conference is a bit of a mess.
Virginia very well may have been picked to finish fourth in the ACC by the media in the preseason more because the rest of the league is either young, facing entirely new coaching staffs or simply lacking in talent.
However, when you consider the veteran leadership, the high-quality coaching staff (Ritchie McKay comes to mind), the young-but-talented players adding depth to the roster and Bennett's unique style of play that gives many teams fits, it's actually fairly easy to see why the Hoos were projected to finish in the top third of the ACC.
In fact, I personally wouldn't be at all shocked if UVA even does the media one better and finishes as high as third, ahead of Florida State.
Time will tell, but at 9-1 and with wins over a ranked Michigan team and on the road at Oregon in the Pac-12, all while holding every single team to under 60 points through 10 games, you have to like the direction in which the Virginia program is headed.