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Monday Motivation: January 26

What's that? Did basketball win? Why yes...yes they did.

Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports

It was a relatively quiet week for Virginia, but wins kept piling up.

First, let's check in with how the Men's Tennis season started off:

Oh, word?

Sounds good to me.

How about you, Wrestling?

Cool, cool.

Now to Men's Basketball. What a week. First up, the Hoos man-handled Georgia Tech to the tune of 57-28. No, not a typo. The Yellow Jackets scored just 28 points. In the whole game.

Virginia played an unbelievably balanced game, with just Malcolm Brogdon in double digits with 13 points, while Anthony Gill and Justin Anderson had seven, Marial Shayok six, and Darion Atkins, Evan Nolte, and Isaiah Wilkins with five. The first eight players to see the floor for Virginia scored, and all of them scored before anyone notched their second basket. That's ridiculous.

The 28 points scored by Georgia Tech were the lowest ever recorded by an ACC team in a regular season game. Not just in the 'shot clock era', but EVER. Also, it was the lowest output from GT since 1949. Yeah. I'm not sure I need to say much else.

That Uncle Malcolm dipsie-doo under the basket earned him No.4 on SportsCenter Top 10.

Next, the Hoos traveled just down the road to Virginia Tech for a treacherous away game under the dim lights in front of a sell out crowd at Cassel Coliseum. It was horrifyingly scary.


There are many positives to take away from this game.

1. The good guys won.


3. We won.

4. That's a half point in the Commonwealth Clash, which Virginia now leads 5.5-1.5.

5. We won.

Ok, so, not the prettiest game out there, but it's nice to have a team that can rebound and respond when they're down on the road to their rivals in a hostile environment.

However, tee up a three ball from London, a couple clutch free throws from Darion, and all of a sudden, the Hoos are within two with the ball coming out of a timeout. What do you do, Coach Bennett?

"...Justin [Anderson] has been begging me for three years, when are you gonna put in a lob for me, coach? When are you gonna put in a lob? So I said, there you go, Justin."

Brilliant. What did you think, Twitter?

Yes, yes he did.

Justin followed that with an emphatic three, AG had a big-boy double-rebound put back, and the Hoos cruised to a cool, casual 50-47 victory.

Not everyone was stoked, however.

Check out the highlights.

Next up, the Hoos host Duke (duh) as ESPN GameDay comes to Charlottesville for the FIRST TIME EVER.

Get ready, get loud, and get those signs out.

How excited are you, Evan?

Go Hoos.