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Virginia's Joe Harris, adored by fans, also made the call that may have saved Cavs' season

FILE - In this March 16, 2014, file photo, Virginia's Joe Harris (12) goes to the basket against Duke in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C. The ACC is taking its men's basketball tournament from Tobacco Road to the bright lights of New York. A person familiar with the situation said Tuesday, March 25, the league has completed a two-year deal to bring the tournament to Brooklyn's Barclays Center starting in 2017. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

FILE - In this March 16, 2014, file photo, Virginia's Joe Harris (12) goes to the basket against Duke in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C. The ACC is taking its men's basketball tournament from Tobacco Road to the bright lights of New York. A person familiar with the situation said Tuesday, March 25, the league has completed a two-year deal to bring the tournament to Brooklyn's Barclays Center starting in 2017. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)  (The Associated Press)

Joe Harris' final season at Virginia has been something of a love-fest.

The clean cut Harris has attracted numerous female admirers in the stands, but he also made the phone call that may have turned the Cavaliers' season around. Top-seeded Virginia (30-6) will play fourth-seeded Michigan State (28-8) in an East Regional semifinal Friday night in New York.

The call came after the Cavaliers were beaten 87-52 at Tennessee on Dec. 30, and it was to coach Tony Bennett. Harris then went to Bennett's house to discuss how to turn Virginia's season around.

The Cavaliers are 21-2 since and won their first ACC tournament title in 38 years.