Virginia Basketball Roundup: Cavaliers Practice In Brooklyn

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The Hoos are in Brooklyn! Top-ranked Virginia basketball arrived in Brooklyn, New York on March 6 and will take the Barclays Center court against either the No. 8 seed Florida State Seminoles or the No. 9 seed Louisville Cardinals on Thursday, March 8 at noon EST.

Florida State and Louisville, who play at noon today in second round ACC tourney action, met twice during the regular season with each team winning on the other’s home court. The Cardinals rallied from 13 points down at halftime in Tallahassee to get the win before the Seminoles secured a halftime lead to score a victory at the KFC Yum! Center.

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No. 1 seed UVA bested both programs during the regular season, defeating the Cardinals at home and on the road and the Seminoles once in Tallahassee. This the Cavaliers’ ninth ACC tournament under head coach Tony Bennett, who has led the team to an 8-7 conference tourney record. After starting off winning only one of its first five ACC tourney games in the Bennett era, Virginia has won seven of its last 10, making the championship game twice and capturing a title in 2014.

Virginia has never met Louisville in the ACC tourney. It has faced FSU twice in the past nine years, winning both contests in 2014 and 2015.

Hoos Make Sports Illustrated Cover

Not much to say about this SI cover other than … Go Hoos! (In addition to Wilkins, former UVA legends Ralph Sampson and Dawn Staley are in the background!)

More Accolades For The Top-Ranked Cavaliers

Andy Katz and USA Today have named Virginia head coach Tony Bennett National Coach of the Year. The writeup, which you can read in full by clicking here, also includes player honors and much more. Click here for the full article from USA Today.

Bennett, who was named ACC Coach of the Year last weekend, has also been named USBWA District III Coach of the Year after leading the Cavaliers to a 28-2 regular season record and an ACC regular season championship.

Sophomore guard Kyle Guy and senior guard Devon Hall earned USBWA District III honors as well. Guy earlier earned All ACC First-Team honors, while Hall earnd All ACC Second-Team and All-Defensive Team honors.

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