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Syracuse vs. Virginia: Sights and Sounds

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Relive some of the happenings around Virginia's big win over Syracuse at JPJ on Saturday.

JA. Pumped up.
JA. Pumped up.
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John Paul Jones Arena was in rare form on Saturday as the Cavaliers played host to the Syracuse Orange. I was on site, and here are some of my favorite moments from the event. Enjoy!

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So, so clever.

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So simple. So funny...and here's my possible favorite of the day:

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Prior to the game, the students had some fun with Dickie V.

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Selfies!

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The crowd was hyped from the get go, which was evident as the team took the court for the first time.

Throughout the game the intensity never wavered, and Akil Mitchell even said at one point the sound was making his ears pop.

Virginia alums were on point on Twitter throughout the game, adding their perspective and support.

That's high praise coming from the one and only Sean Singletary. The top Twitter award of the day, however, must go to Chris Long.

And my favorite:

Prior to the game, the fourth years were recognized, and Thomas, Akil, and Joe (#swoon) received deafening cheers. Joe's sister, Kaiti, posted this gem (which could probably also be a Virginia-themed J.Crew ad):

Thank you for four years, and way to go fans. Bring that enthusiasm back next season!