On a day in which two of its best players declared their intentions to play professionally, the Virginia basketball program wasted no time reloading, securing a commitment from forward Justin McKoy.
A wild three weeks of basketball and an unforgettable season come to an end for Virginia Monday night. For the first time in school history, the Cavaliers get the chance to finish on top.
In a game that has the looks of an instant classic, Virginia will have to cut off Purdue’s lifelines to have a shot at the Final Four.
When most people envisioned Virginia’s road to redemption in the NCAA Tournament this season, their minds likely flashed to the team’s Big Three willing the Cavaliers to victory game after game.
Standing in Virginia’s way to getting through to the next weekend are its 16-seed opponent Friday, Gardner-Webb, and two at-large teams from Power Five conferences — No. 9 Oklahoma and No. 8 Ole Miss.
Now loaded with scoring options, Bennett has arguably his best offense ever at his fingertips.
If anything in life is certain beyond death and taxes, it may very well be that the Virginia men’s basketball team will consistently have the best scoring defense in the country.
At first glance, it’s an unconventional, top-heavy schedule that could give the country a quick sense of what to expect from the Cavaliers with some crucial early matchups.