This holiday season, there are many reasons to be grateful to be a Wahoo. Here are six of the top reasons to gloat about at the Thanksgiving table this weekend.
6. Football crushed Duke, 42-34: Following a tough road loss against Louisville, the Cavalier football team returned home with a strong performance against Duke. Junior quarterback Matt Johns had a career day, going 24-for-33 for 344 yards. Virginia hopes to take this momentum into its final game of the season against Virginia Tech Saturday.
5. Joe Harris and Justin Anderson got called up: Having been playing with the Canton Charge, Harris got called back to the pros on Nov. 19, and people #swooned everywhere. Harris is averaging 0.8 points and 0.8 rebounds with the Cleveland Cavaliers this season. Anderson got called up from the Texas Legends Nov. 14 and made his first start for the Dallas Mavericks under coach and fellow Cavalier-alum Rick Carlisle. Anderson has played 10 games with the Mavericks this season and is averaging 3.2 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.
4. The women’s basketball team is 4-0: Coach Joanne Boyle and her Cavaliers are coming off of their fourth consecutive win of the season after defeating Longwood. Virginia downed the Lancers, 81-46, in John Paul Jones Arena Sunday. Over Thanksgiving break, the team is headed to the U.S. Virgin Islands to compete in Paradise Jam.
3. The women’s soccer team is headed to the Elite 8: The No. 1 Cavaliers downed USC, 2-0, at Klöckner Stadium in the NCAA Sweet 16. Virginia is set to host Rutgers at 2 p.m. on Friday for an Elite 8 matchup. The winner of the game will advance to the College Cup, which begins Dec. 4 in Cary, NC.
2. The men’s basketball team won the Charleston Classic: After suffering a heartbreaking upset against George Washington in its second game of the season, the Virginia men’s basketball team has bounced back with a stellar performance and victory in the Charleston Classic. Going 3-0 in the tournament, the Cavaliers averaged 84 points per game and held their opponents to an average of just over 58 points. Junior point guard London Perrantes had his second career double-double in the championship game and was named the Classic’s MVP. Meanwhile, senior guard Malcolm Brogdon scored 14.7 points per game and tallied 21 against George Mason.
1. ‘Hoos Ranked? The Cavaliers!: Currently ranked and playing are the No. 1 women’s soccer, No. 6 men’s basketball and No. 20 wrestling. Field hockey finished its season ranked No. 3 after falling to Duke in the NCAA quarterfinals. The women’s cross country team won the ACC Championship in addition to finishing 15th overall in the NCAA Tournament. The men’s cross country team finished 22nd in the NCAA. The men’s soccer team recently made it to the second round of its 35th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Overall, the Virginia sports program is making an impressive statement in the college sports world. Make sure your uncle who graduated from Tech doesn’t hear the end of it.