5 Things I Learned Against VT & Wake

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Sean Singletary celebrates late in the VT game. UVa should be proud of finishing tied for first.

With the regular season in its rearview mirror, Virginia (20-9, 11-5 ACC) now faces the task of preparing for this weekend’s ACC Tournament in Tampa. After a historic regular season in which the Cavaliers far exceeded most expectations, Dave Leitao’s squad will be looking to make some noise in the postseason and solidly establish Virginia basketball as a program with a bright future. But before we look ahead, let’s glance back at 5 Things I Learned Against Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

Team Should Be Proud Of Regular Season Accomplishments. Yes, Saturday’s loss in Winston-Salem was disappointing and frustrating. Just when it seemed that Virginia was about to make a strong statement by winning its first solo regular season ACC title since 1981, the Cavaliers shot themselves in the foot by coming out flat against a feisty Wake Forest squad.

A unique opportunity was lost, but one needs to keep things in perspective. An 11-5 ACC record. A shared regular season title with North Carolina. The No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament. Back in the fall, most Virginia fans would have been ecstatic if they knew those things would result from this season.

“It speaks to the work ethic that these guys have put in,” Leitao said of the team’s success. “I have asked a lot of them over the course of the season and they really have done everything that I’ve asked them to do. It doesn’t manifest itself in wins every single day but never was their effort questioned and I think that when you do that, more often times you can win and I think in this case we can walk away and be proud now and forever in calling ourselves champions of this league.”

This team deserves to be applauded. The Cavaliers may have left their fans depressed after some truly head-scratching losses, but they also lifted spirits to levels not reached around here in a long time with a collection of inspiring