Apologies for the one day delay, my fine friends. This was me yesterday:
I had a legit case of the Mondays today.— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) March 22, 2016
Let's get to the winning.
-Malcolm Brogdon picked up another honor to go with the litany he's amassed this season...Naismith Trophy finalist. Congrats, Humble Moses!
-No.10 Baseball got two midweek wins over Towson with 4-3 and 10-8 victories. In anticipation of bad weather, the Hoos hosted a double header against Wake Forest on Friday, sweeping the Demon Deacons behind an incredible day from second year Adam Haseley.
Haseley, over the two Friday games, amassed seven hits with two triples, three doubles, and two singles, scoring four runs and adding an RBI. Virginia is now 15-6 (4-2 ACC) for the season, and host JMU tonight.
-Women's Rowing, ranked No.4, took four of five races against No.5 Yale this past weekend as the Hoos got victories from the Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Four and Third Varsity Four.
Next up, the ladies take on Ohio State in early April.
-The first Spring Practice of the Bronco Mendenhall era took place this morning. No numbers or names on the jerseys, but the guys look ready to roll.
Also in football news, the coaches have been recruiting, and they seem to have better writing skills than Mike London's infamous "YOU!" letter:
-The Women's Basketball team won their first two NIT games this week, one in dramatic fashion and one with relative ease.
Against VCU in the first round, Virginia needed 21 points from Faith Randolph and a late rally (including some dramatic free throws) to squeak out a 52-50 win over the Rams on their home court.
In their second round game at Rutgers, Virginia trailed 16-15 after the first quarter. A layup by Randolph to open the second quarter kicked off an 11-0 spurt for the Hoos, and gave Virginia a lead they wouldn't relinquish as they cruised to a 71-55 victory. Randolph dominated again, this time with 23 points as the Cavaliers handed the 2014 WNIT champion Rutgers their first ever NIT loss.
The Hoos play at Hofstra tonight at 7pm as they look to extend their season.
-Top-ranked Men's Tennis picked up two convincing ACC wins this week as they swept both NC State and No.23 Florida State to the tune of 7-0. The Hoos are now 4-0 in the ACC and 14-2 overall, hosting Notre Dame and Boston College Friday and Saturday, respectively.
No surprise what will be top billing in this section...THE HOOS ARE HEADING TO CHICAGO!! Virginia dismantled Hampton and battled for a gritty win over Butler to earn a spot in the Sweet 16.
In their first game, Anthony Gill led the way with 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists (!), and two steals as the Cavaliers used a balance offense to dominate the Pirates 81-45. London Perrantes added 12 points, Malcolm Brogdon 11, and Marial Shayok 10 as the Hoos made 12 of 25 three pointers.
Indeed, the Hoos cruised on the court, making Coach Bennett's fainting spell the most dramatic part of the game. It did, however lead to these gems:
Virginia's Anthony Gill says he was praying over Tony Bennett when he collapsed. "It worked," Gill said. "I healed him." (AG and TB laughed)— Mike Szvetitz (@Szvetitz) March 17, 2016
Coach Bennett also went on the Mike & Mike radio show and shared that London offered up another reason for Tony's swoon: London's "pretty face".
After the win, the Cavaliers took a great team picture that would kick off a new joke (peep Nolte in the back):
Virginia played Butler in the Round of 32, and while things were a little more stress-filled, the Hoos got the impressive 77-69 victory.
This time, Brogdon took over the game both offensively and defensively. On one end, he scored 22 points with five assists. On the other, Malcolm had five rebounds, two steals, and a block as he neutralized Butler's leading scorer. Before Malcom, Chrabascz had 25 points. After Malcolm? One.
AG contributed 19 points, Shayok a crucial 12, and Reckless Abandon Tobey continued his Everyday is Senior Day nationwide tour as he had 10 points and two offensive boards in nine minutes of action.
What really stood out in the win is that this Virginia team truly can beat a team using its offense, and it's a beautiful thing.
After the game, Nolte's sandwich made a reappearance.
Virginia is one of SIX ACC teams in the #ACCweet16, joining North Carolina, Notre Dame, Duke, Miami, and Syracuse. While the "experts" may not be loving the ACC's utter domination, we sure are.
Looking forward to next weekends ACC-NCAA challenge.— David Spence (@hoodaves) March 20, 2016
The Hoos take on Iowa State at 7:10pm on Friday evening. If you're anywhere near Chicago, GO!! Until then, just think of this:
Monday (Tuesday) motivation indeed. Go Hoos!