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Although the Virginia men’s basketball team concluded the season with back-to-back painful losses – the first to Duke in the ACC Tournament Championship Game and the second to Furman in the first round of the NCAA Tournament – the overall campaign brought more success than expected.
In search of its first NCAA Tournament victory in nearly four years, Virginia men’s basketball went toe-to-toe with Furman in the Round of 64 Thursday. Despite leading for much of the game, the No. 4 seeded Cavaliers (25-8, 15-5 ACC) fell 68-67 to the No. 13 seeded Paladins (28-7, 15-3 SoCon) thanks to a game-winning three-pointer with two seconds remaining.
Virginia men’s basketball exacted revenge Thursday, toppling North Carolina 68-59 in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals. The Cavaliers (24-6, 15-5 ACC) were sent home by the Tar Heels (20-13, 11-9 ACC) in this round last season, but had no plans of letting lightning strike twice.
After closing out the final week of the regular season with home victories over Clemson and Louisville, Virginia men’s basketball enters the ACC Tournament as regular season co-champions and the No. 2 seed.
In Virginia men’s basketball’s 16th and final game inside John Paul Jones Arena this season, the No. 13 Cavaliers (23-6, 15-5 ACC) trumped Louisville 75-60 Saturday. Virginia controlled the Cardinals (4-27, 2-18 ACC) from start to finish, taking the lead just 15 seconds into the proceedings and never relinquishing it after.
Virginia men’s basketball lost one of their own Sunday, as former head coach and athletic director Terry Holland passed away at the age of 80. Holland had been battling Alzheimer’s Disease since 2019 and entered a memory care facility last year.
No. 6 men’s basketball had their four-game winning streak snapped Wednesday by Boston College, falling 63-48 at Silvio O. Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Cavaliers (21-5, 13-4 ACC) were second-best throughout most of the contest, as the Eagles (14-15, 8-10 ACC) held the lead for the final 30 minutes of action and never looked like giving it up.
Saturday afternoon was met with more winning ways for Virginia men’s basketball, who toppled Notre Dame 57-55 to remain an undefeated 8-0 in the ACC at John Paul Jones Arena. The No. 7 Cavaliers (21-4, 13-3 ACC) did not do it in convincing fashion, coming inches away from a last-second defeat to the Fighting Irish (10-17, 2-14 ACC).
Virginia men’s basketball hosted Duke as an unranked opponent for the first time in 27 years Saturday, and the No. 8 Cavaliers (19-4, 11-3 ACC) showed just why they were the top-25 squad in this one. The Blue Devils (17-8, 8-6 ACC) gave Virginia a scare but ultimately ran out of gas in overtime.
In the 156th all-time meeting between the in-state rivals, Virginia men’s basketball was defeated 74-68 by Virginia Tech at the Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg Saturday. The No. 6 Cavaliers (17-4, 9-3 ACC) could not string together enough buckets in the end, shooting just 41 percent from the field in their upset loss to the Hokies (14-9, 4-8 ACC).
On a brisk Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville, Virginia men’s basketball eased to a 76-57 victory over Boston College inside a sold-out John Paul Jones Arena. The No. 7 Cavaliers (16-3, 8-2 ACC) took advantage of a balanced scoring attack on their way to a fourth straight victory over the Eagles (10-12, 4-7 ACC).
In a Saturday afternoon matchup between two teams each on four-game winning streaks, Virginia men’s basketball extended their unbeaten run to five with a 76-67 victory over Wake Forest at the Lawrence Jones Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Cavaliers (15-3, 7-2 ACC) never trailed the Demon Deacons (14-6, 6-3 ACC) in the second half on their way to securing second place outright in the ACC.
Virginia men’s basketball Coach Tony Bennett had a chance to enshrine himself as the winningest coach in Cavaliers history Tuesday, entering the contest at Pittsburgh sitting in a tie with Terry Holland at 326 victories. But the Panthers (11-4, 4-0 ACC) had different ideas, using a torrid second half, clutch free-throw shooting and an overall gritty performance to stun No. 11 Virginia (10-3, 2-2 ACC) 68-65 and stay perfect in conference play.
In a Tuesday matchup that pitted a couple of one-loss teams with undefeated ACC seasons on the line, Virginia men’s basketball was outdueled 66-64 by Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. The No. 6 Cavaliers (8-2, 1-1 ACC) couldn’t overcome a slow start and poor three-point shooting in a rare loss to the No. 22 Hurricanes (12-1, 3-0 ACC).
In what was arguably the biggest non-conference affair in the history of John Paul Jones Arena, Virginia men’s basketball failed to defend home court, falling 69-61 to Houston. The No. 2 Cavaliers (8-1, 1-0 ACC) didn’t bring enough firepower on either end of the floor to deal with the No. 5 Cougars (11-1, 0-0 AAC).
When Virginia men’s basketball welcomes Houston Saturday, John Paul Jones Arena will likely be void of any empty seats. The clash between the No. 2 Cavaliers (8-0, 1-0 ACC) and the No. 5 Cougars (10-1, 0-0 AAC) is set to be the biggest non-conference affair the program has ever hosted.
No. 3 Virginia men’s basketball opened their ACC campaign in winning fashion for the 15th consecutive season Saturday, toppling Florida State 62-57. The Cavaliers (7-0, 1-0 ACC) got a scare from the Seminoles (1-9, 0-1 ACC), but key free-throw shooting down the stretch from graduate student guard Kihei Clark and junior guard Reece Beekman propelled Virginia to a nervy victory.
Virginia men’s basketball picked up its most impressive win of the season Friday, defeating Baylor 86-79 to advance to the championship of the Continental Tire Main Event. The No. 16 Cavaliers (3-0, 0-0 ACC) were spurred to a victory over the No. 5 Bears (3-1, 0-0 Big 12) by four double-figure scorers, including a 26-point performance from junior guard Armaan Franklin and 17 points from junior forward Kadin Shedrick.
Virginia men’s basketball will be looking for its first win over Baylor in program history when the two sides meet in the semifinals of the Continental Tire Challenge — now in its ninth year — Friday with the winner advancing to the finals to play either No. 8 UCLA or No. 19 Illinois. The No. 16 Cavaliers (2-0, 0-0 ACC) and the No. 5 Bears (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) each enter with undefeated seasons on the line, but one of the two will leave with a blemish in Las Vegas, Nev.
Following a successful regular season showing that placed No. 14 Virginia men’s soccer second In the ACC Coastal Division, the Cavaliers (9-4-3, 5-1-2 ACC) will enter the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament as the conference’s No. 3 seed. Virginia will play host to No. 6 seed Pittsburgh for its quarterfinal clash on Sunday, with the Panthers (8-3-5, 3-2-3 ACC) coming into this contest off the back of a 4-1 first-round victory over NC State Wednesday.