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With 7 wins in 8 games, Virginia looks to boost NCAA resume at North Carolina and Miami

  • Virginia guard Justin Anderson (23) draws a foul from Virginia Tech forward C.J. Barksdale (42) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Charlottesville, Va. Virginia won 73-55. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)The Associated Press

  • Virginia guard Paul Jesperson (2) blocks the shot of Virginia Tech forward Jarell Eddie (31) with the help of guard Joe Harris (12) and forward Akil Mitchell (25) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Charlottesville, Va. Virginia won 73-55. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)The Associated Press

  • Virginia Tech forward Marshall Wood (33) passes the ball in front of Virginia forward Evan Nolte during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 in Charlottesville, Va. Virginia won 73-55. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)The Associated Press

Three consecutive impressive victories, including a road win at Maryland, have Virginia third in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings and playing its way into the NCAA tournament discussion.

The Cavaliers' next two games, though, are where they have to show they really belong.

Virginia (18-6, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) plays at North Carolina on Saturday, and travels to No. 3 Miami on Tuesday to face the league's best team. The Hurricanes (19-3, 10-0) are the only team from the six power conferences still unbeaten in conference play. The Hurricanes have beaten No. 2 Duke by 27 and UNC by 26.

But first up, it's the Tar Heels (16-7, 6-4), who first play at Duke on Wednesday night. Virginia won the first meeting 61-52 at home Jan. 6.