Wow. Just wow. How sweet it is to be a Wahoo.
This week was just amazing for Virginia. Let's get to it.
Virginia baseball, now ranked No.3 in the nation, downed Miami 8-3 to even the series 1-1. Branden Cogswell and Brandon "Downestown Abbey" Downes combined for seven hits in the win, and sophomore starting pitcher Josh Sborz had a career day, striking out ten batters in seven innings work.
Men's lacrosse, who had dropped two straight games and fallen to No.10 in the rankings, hosted No.9 Johns Hopkins in the annual battle for the Doyle Smith Cup. As per usual, the game was a thriller, with the Hoos snagging a victory behind an overtime goal from sophomore Greg Coholan. First year goalie Matt Barrett matched a career high with 16 saves, while Coholan notched a career high in goals scored with three.
First year Ryan Lukacovic overcame a first-touch turnover in the second half and scored the last two goals in regulation for the Hoos, forcing the overtime period. Despite going 8-24 in the first four quarters, Virginia was 1-1 at the faceoff X when it mattered with Nate Menninger winning the crucial overtime draw. The Hoos didn't capitalize on their first offensive attempt, but after their zone defense overwhelmed Wells Stanwick (WHYYY STANWICK, WHYYY!?), Coholan got his chance at heroism with just over a minute left in overtime.
Check out highlights here.
The outcome is bad news for Matt Bocklet, JHU alum and big brother of UVA grad Chris. He is also teammates with former Cavalier Ken Clausen.
Don't know what the bet was, but I can tell you Matt lost.
The No.7 men's tennis team recorded their 111th straight ACC win with a 5-1 victory over Duke. One. Hundred. And. Eleven. That's impressive.
I think that's all that happened this week...OH WAIT NO, OUR BASKETBALL TEAM IS AMAZING.
The Hoos gave everyone a little bit of a first half scare against 16th seeded Coastal Carolina before going full on Virginia on them in the second half.
I have to give credit to CCU...they went all in with the "why not us" mode and hung with the Hoos much longer than anticipated before Virginia pulled away to win by 11 behind 17 points from Anthony Gill.
Sunday night, Tony Bennett and the Hoos took on eighth-seeded Memphis, and it was just flat out amazing.
The Tigers, who averaged 77 points a game and were known for a run-and-gun style of play, had some pretty simple ideas of how to stop Virginia: force the Hoos to play their pace and to rattle London Perrantes.
As the game played out, Virginia had the Tigers where they wanted them.
Under 16 timeout comes closer to the under-12... that's our pace...— Tim Mulholland (@Tim_STL) March 24, 2014
As for London?
Another NCAA Tournament game without a single turnover for Virginia freshman London Perrantes. The X-Factor for the Cavaliers.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 24, 2014
#CaliSwag can't be flapped.
It was a straight up clinic by the Hoos. Virginia had five players in double digits. They outrebounded Memphis 40-28. They had six blocks and shot 56% on the evening. It was like a work of art. The game got so out of hand that Mike Tobey was draining three balls and Evan Nolte was slamming dunks. Up was down and down was up.
First time I've ever seen a player smiling mid-air in anticipation of the dunk. Thank you, Evan Nolte.— John Gasaway (@JohnGasaway) March 24, 2014
By the end of the demolition, Virginia earned themselves a 78-60 victory (not bad for a team that "doesn't blow teams out"), and a spot in the Sweet Sixteen against the big-time favorite Michigan State (THANKS, OBAMA).
As the last ACC team standing, there was an added bit of extra pressure.
Save us, UVa. You're our only hope. #goacc— Jim Young (@RealJimYoung) March 23, 2014
Virginia not only lived up to the challenge, but demolished it.
Virginia looking every bit like a one seed. If this keeps up may be time to halt handing Michigan State East title. UVA deserves respect.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) March 24, 2014
Tony Bennett's pack-line D is the matchup zone turned on its head. Man to man D with zone principles.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) March 24, 2014
The Hoos are FINALLY going to Madison Square Garden, and this time it is to be part of the Sweet 16.
SWEET SIXTEEN!!!— Hoo Crew (@UVaHooCrew) March 24, 2014
Fans of Virginia weren't the only ones impressed after the lopsided win.
Memphis guard Joe Jackson on #UVa: "they've got to be one of the best defensive teams I've ever played against in college."— Whitelaw Reid (@WhiteysWorld365) March 24, 2014
Memphis coach Josh Pastner on #UVa: "I wouldn't be shocked to see them win it all."— Douglas Doughty (@DoughtySports) March 24, 2014
The Hoos are going to the Sweet 16. Enjoy...and buy tickets.
On to the next one .... #NewYorkNewYork !!!!!!!— Teven Jones (@TJonesUVA5) March 24, 2014
MSG here we come #HOOS— Evan Nolte (@EvanNolte) March 24, 2014
Check out this video from VirginiaSportsTV. It's sure to make your morning. If it doesn't, you may be more robot than human.
Justin and Anthony want you there. Just do it.
Just do it. Wahoowa.