With only three losses the entire 2018-19 season, the University of Virginia Men’s Basketball team is celebrating their recent victory over Texas Tech at the NCAA National Championship. The men’s UVA basketball team isn’t new to the NCAA Championship. In fact, Virginia was the No. 1 seed in the 2018 NCAA Championship until the Cavaliers were beaten by the UMBC Retrievers in a historic loss. As the first number-one seed to lose to a 16-seed team, people have been reflecting back on the massive loss last season and what this year’s win means to the university and the city of Charlottesville as a whole.
March Madness 2019
UVA basketball started off strong, going on a 16-0 win streak before losing their first game to Duke. They went on to win four more games before losing to Duke again for the second time. However, they didn’t let Duke’s victory discourage them. The third and final defeat for UVA was against Florida State in the ACC Tournament. UVA barely beat Purdue in the Elite Eight after a nail-biting overtime. In the Final Four, a one-point win over Auburn led the Cavaliers to the finals. Despite the challenging game against Texas Tech, the Cavaliers made history by winning the first National Championship in men’s basketball for the university.
Thousands of UVA students and fans were cheering the team on at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, which was hosting a viewing of the game. Although UVA originally had an edge over Texas Tech, the crowd grew anxious when the Cavaliers lost their lead. Gaining momentum in the final seconds of the game, UVA made an incredible comeback during overtime. As students flooded the arena floor in a sea of blue and orange, the entire city felt this monumental win.
A Season for the Books
With a record-breaking season of 35-3, the men’s UVA basketball team had an exceptional year. Coach Tony Bennett was once again honored as ACC Coach of the Year, and Kyle Guy was awarded the prestigious title of Most Outstanding Player. The UVA basketball championship celebration took place at Scott Stadium on April 13th. Dreary weather didn’t stop over 20,000 fans from attending, many of them lining up hours before the event took place.
For Charlottesville residents, UVA’s victory will be talked about for years and years to come.
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