CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- -

Virginia players say there was no secret meeting that turned the Cavaliers' season around. It was a game.

The contest was Dec. 30 at Tennessee, and the Cavaliers lost, 87-52 -- on national television.

The Volunteers led by 22 points at halftime and kept pouring it on, a rout from the beginning to the end.

Joe Harris says the Cavaliers learned they weren't as talented as they thought, especially not when playing as individuals.

With Atlantic Coast Conference play beginning, there was still time to make a change.

Harris says the Cavaliers talked among themselves in the days following the loss, and emerged as a different team when they opened their ACC season on Jan. 4 at Florida State. They won 78-66, and have been rolling since.