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Virginia men’s basketball Coach Tony Bennett is often recognized in the college basketball realm for his achievements. He’s a three-time National Coach of the Year and a four-time ACC Coach of the Year, as well as the first coach to lead the team to a National Championship. Bennett also earned recognition in a larger context as he was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of World’s Greatest Leaders April 18.
Sophomore guard De’Andre Hunter declared Monday that he is headed for the NBA draft, foregoing two years of eligibility in college basketball.
Junior guard Ty Jerome announced that he plans to enter the NBA draft and sign with an agent rather than return to Virginia for his final year of eligibility Monday morning.
A year ago, the Virginia men’s basketball team found itself in an unprecedented position as they were the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed in NCAA history. As the game winded down, the Cavaliers’ players sat chillingly still on the bench, helplessly watching the making of history. At the final buzzer, players were in tears and the world of college basketball had found a headline that would stick with Virginia for the next year. The UMBC taunts, the doubts about the Cavaliers’ ability to win in the tournament and the endless questions about how anyone could come back from such a loss all followed this team like a shadow.
In Virginia’s first Final Four since 1984 and Auburn’s first appearance in the national semi-final ever, the Cavaliers (34-3, 16-2 ACC) came out on top in a thriller. The game went down to the wire, as Virginia beat the Tigers (30-10, 11-7 SEC) 63-62.
The National Association of Basketball announced Tuesday that sophomore guard De’Andre Hunter has been selected as the 2019 National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I Defensive Player of the Year.
With a bid to the Elite Eight on the line, No. 1 seed Virginia stepped up to the challenge and defeated No. 12 seed Oregon, 53-49. The Cavaliers (32-3, 16-2 ACC) emerged from the Sweet Sixteen victorious for the second time under Coach Tony Bennett after getting a gritty four-point win over the Ducks (25-13, 10-8 P12) late Thursday night.
With a chance to play in the ACC Tournament final on the line, No. 2 Virginia fell to No. 12 Florida State. The 10-point win for the Seminoles (27-6) spoiled the Cavaliers’ (29-3) hopes of repeating as regular season and tournament champions in the ACC.
In the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament, top-seeded Virginia picked up a 76-56 win over N.C. State to advance to the semifinals. Already claiming the regular season title, the Cavaliers (29-2, 16-2 ACC) are now a round closer to repeating as champions of the conference tournament after beating the Wolfpack (22-11, 9-9 ACC).
Three different players from the No. 2 Virginia men’s basketball team were recognized Monday for All-ACC honors. Sophomore forward De’Andre Hunter and junior guard Kyle Guy were All-ACC First Team selections, while junior guard Ty Jerome was named to the All-ACC Second Team.
Sophomore forward De’Andre Hunter became the fourth Virginia player in the last five years to be named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. The athletic guard has been praised for his versatility on both ends of the court and was also named to the All-ACC First Team this season Monday.
The No. 2 Virginia men’s basketball team concluded its regular season Saturday with a 73-68 win over Louisville (19-12, 10-8 ACC) in John Paul Jones Arena, guaranteeing the Cavaliers (28-2, 16-2 ACC) the ACC regular season title for the second year in a row.
Behind stunning three-point shooting, No. 2 Virginia picked up a road win over Syracuse, 79-53. The Cavaliers (27-2, 15-2 ACC) tied a school record with 18 threes as they topped the Orange (19-11, 10-7 ACC) Monday night.
With the end of the regular season approaching, No. 2 Virginia came out Wednesday night and picked up a dominant win over Georgia Tech to stay in first place in the ACC. The Cavaliers (25-2, 13-2 ACC) rolled to an 81-51 victory over a struggling Yellow Jacket (12-17, 4-12 ACC) team, led by big performances from junior guard Ty Jerome and sophomore guard De’Andre Hunter.
During rivalry week, in-state foes No. 3 Virginia and No. 20 Virginia Tech squared off for round two of the Commonwealth Clash. During the Monday night game, the Cavaliers (23-2, 11-2 ACC) picked up their second win over the Hokies (20-6, 9-5 ACC) this season as they won 64-58 on the road.
In the much-anticipated clash between No. 2 Duke and No. 3 Virginia, the Blue Devils (21-2, 9-1 ACC) came away with an 81-71 win over the Cavaliers (20-2, 8-2 ACC) on Saturday night. With a packed John Paul Jones Arena –– which included Lebron James –– Duke was able to hold on to the lead for the entirety of the game, unfazed by the electrifying energy in support of Virginia.
It was announced Wednesday Feb. 6, that Virginia redshirt sophomore De’Andre Hunter was named as one of the top-ten candidates for the 2019 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award.
Junior guard Kyle Guy was named as one of the 10 candidates for the 2019 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award on Tuesday Feb. 5.
On Monday, Feb. 4, junior guard Ty Jerome was named as one of the top 10 candidates for the 2019 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award.
After an overtime win against N.C. State earlier in the week, No. 3 Virginia picked up another ACC win, edging out Miami 56-46 at home. The Saturday afternoon game marked the eighth conference win for the Cavaliers (20-1, 8-1 ACC) and the eighth conference loss for the Hurricanes (9-12, 1-8 ACC).