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UVa Game Day - The Jones and Ruining Obama's Bracket

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NEW YORK - UVa plays it's first NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game since 1995 tonight against Michigan State. UVa's coach back then was Jeff Jones. He's still coaching, just not at UVa. Jones is now the coach at Old Dominion. Their season just ended a couple days ago. He will not be at UVa's game Friday night but his son Jeff will be. The younger Jones is a freshman walk-on on UVa's team. He said he was 2 years old when UVa last played in the Sweet 16. His dad obviously looked a little younger then. So what was it like growing up as the son of a coach? "A lot of basketball in a good way, the best way possible. I can do in any day to any of his practices. That's a chance I've had since I was really young. I've been exposed to a lot of basketball and really been able to learn a lot about the game," the younger Jones said.

It's hard for his dad to see any of UVa's games but he did make it to one game this year and if UVa wins tonight, Jeff's dad will be in New York Sunday.

Another story line for Friday night's game deals with President Obama's bracket. Two weeks ago he picked Michigan State to win the whole thing and he had them beating UVa in the Sweet 16 so the Cavaliers have a chance to bust the bracket of the leader of the free world. Malcolm Brogdon said, "When you first see President Obama not choose us it's like a slap in the face like oh man he doesn't believe in us but at the end of the day it's more fuel to the fire. Use it at motivation. It's just another person that doesn't think we can make it and at the end of the day I think it's going to help us."

 

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