Virginia coach Mike London says his team is improving steadily, and the biggest obstacle left is turning that improvement into victories.
The Cavaliers (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost their second game in a row last weekend, 27-26 at Maryland, when Alec Vozenilek's 42-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right with under a minute remaining.
London says he hopes to see that transition to winning against Duke (4-2, 0-2) on Saturday.
The Cavaliers' improvements didn't shine through at key spots against Maryland.
Virginia made six trips inside the Terps' 20 yard-line, but came away with only two touchdowns and four field goals. They also allowed Maryland to convert a critical third-and-22 play while clinging to a 26-20 lead. Terps backup quarterback Caleb Rowe hit Deon Long for a 47-yard gain.