Tony Bennett's first offseason as a national champion coach has come with benefits on the recruiting trail. His first season at Virginia after winning the title, however, will bring...
Virginia finally gets easy NCAA win 63-51 over Oklahoma
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Virginia coach Tony Bennett made a last-minute change in his starting lineup and the top-seeded Cavaliers finally breezed through an NCAA Tournament game to make their first...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jack Salt has been content as the guy setting screens for second-ranked Virginia's best offensive players, chasing down rebounds and wrestling for post position.
Guy, Hunter lead No. 4 Virginia past Morgan State, 83-45
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Kyle Guy had the answer ready almost before the question was finished.
How hard is it, he was asked, to maintain intensity in the second half of a game when your team leads by 30 points?
"It's very easy," he said with a steely look on his face, "considering how last season ended."
Guy scores 18 as No. 4 Virginia beats No. 24 Maryland 76-71
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Virginia had blown most of a 17-point lead and appeared in trouble as the sellout crowd at Maryland implored the home team to complete the comeback.
The Cavaliers had been in this situation before, and they knew exactly how to handle it.
Showing the kind of poise befitting the fourth-ranked team in the country, the Cavaliers took good care of the basketball and exhibited cool at the foul line in slipping past the No. 24 Terrapins 76-71 Wednesday night.
Hunter scores 20, No. 4 Virginia beats Coppin State 97-40
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — De'Andre Hunter wasn't the focus of Coppin State's defense on Friday night, so the sophomore forward showed the overmatched Eagles the error of their ways.
Hunter scored 20 points in just 15½ minutes, and No. 4 Virginia opened with a 21-5 run and beat Coppin State 97-40 on Friday night.
Last season: 31-3, lost in first round of NCAA Tournament
No. 1 Virginia does not have a reputation as a great rebounding team. The Cavaliers' net rebounding margin of 2.1 won't jump off the page. Their frontcourt rotation consists of Jack Salt (6-foot-10), Mamadi Diakite (6-foot-9) and Isaiah Wilkins (6-foot-7) not the most intimidating frames in college basketball.
But what they may lack in size, Tony Bennett's team makes up for in strategy and scrappiness. Result: the tip drill.
NEW YORK (AP) — On the court and in the crowd, orange was everywhere as Virginia and Clemson clashed in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals.
In typical fashion, the nation's top team turned in a blue-collar effort and salted the game away, so to speak.
Kyle Guy scored 15 points and No. 1 Virginia advanced to the ACC championship with a 64-58 victory over No. 19 Clemson on Friday night.
NEW YORK The No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers don't need to win their conference tournament to make it to the big dance, but they haven't stepped off the gas in Brooklyn.
Virginia knocked off No. 19 Clemson, the ACC's fourth seed, 64-58 Friday at the Barclays Center to advance to the ACC Tournament final Saturday night. The Cavaliers rebounded from a five-minute scoring drought in the first half with a 16-0 run, then held off the Tigers' late comeback efforts.
Shayok sparks No. 16 Virginia past Georgia Tech, 62-49
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Marial Shayok is emerging as the scorer Virginia so badly needs, and making his elevation to the starting lineup look brilliant.
Shayok had a career-best 19 points, the third time in four games he has set or tied his career high, and No. 16 Virginia used a 22-7 run spanning halftime to beat Georgia Tech 62-49 on Saturday.
"Today the guys were finding me and I was just catching and shooting and the ball was going in," Shayok said.
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