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Cavs look to reach next level from good to great

Seventeen days ago, all seemed right with the world for the Virginia basketball team: the Cavaliers had just roared back to defeat Maryland in overtime to finish off a 9-7 ACC season and earn a crucial 19th victory. Few in attendance that night will soon forget the postgame celebration, a nearly 30-minute love-fest featuring crowd surfing by Willie Dersch and Donald Hand and brief speeches by Cav coach Pete Gillen and a host of players.

Today the Cavalier basketball landscape seems dramatically different. The cheers have faded and a team once seemingly assured of an NCAA Tournament berth finds its season over after a triple-overtime loss to Georgetown in the first round of the NIT.

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