When No. 8 Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan steps on the court at John Paul Jones Arena Wednesday, he will be looking to best Virginia coach Tony Bennett for his 300th win with the Badgers. But over a decade ago, the two shared the court a different time, when Bennett coached on Ryan’s staff for his very first win.
After consecutive victories against Davidson and Navy, the Virginia men’s basketball team is working to regain its stride after suffering its first loss last week at the hands of No. 12 Virginia Commonwealth. The Cavaliers seek to continue that stride when they face Liberty at John Paul Jones Arena Saturday at 4 p.m. in the first round of the Corpus Christi Challenge.
Just a minute and a half into the Virginia men’s basketball team’s game against Navy, Midshipmen sophomore center Will Kelly hit a jumper to tie the game at 2-2. Just over a minute later, Virginia sophomore center Mike Tobey hit a baseline jumper off a slick pass from senior guard Joe Harris to break the tie, and the Cavaliers would never look back.
In his first game since missing all of last season with a foot injury, redshirt sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon finished with nine points on 3-of-4 3-point shooting to lead Virginia to a season opening 61-41 win against James Madison Friday night.
After a 73-68 win against then-No. 3 Duke in front of a raucous crowd at John Paul Jones, it appeared that the Virginia men’s basketball team could make an ACC and even NCAA Tournament run behind the hot hand of then-junior guard Joe Harris and the steady post presence of then-junior forward Akil Mitchell. Instead, the Cavaliers were stood up for the Big Dance after dropping two of their final three games to close the regular season and getting thrashed by N.C.