There’s no way around it. The Hoos, however, aren’t out of anything. As our very own Matt Ellis explained, the Final Four is still on the table. The margin for error is diminished, but the Virginia Cavaliers were still the very best team that took the court in the 2018 season, and they used players like Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome, Devon Hall, Isaiah Wilkins, Jack Salt, Mamadi Diakite, and Nigel Johnson to do that. Throw in Marco Anthony, who was clutch in Virginia’s home win over Louisville, and Jay Huff, and all is not lost.
Some of our favorite “experts” disagree, however.
To those who took Virginia to win it all: Go ahead and change your brackets. Now.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 13, 2018
Well, a couple former Wahoo basketball players were not fans of Goodman’s take.
Y’all couldn’t wait to write them boys off huh?? But this is expected https://t.co/B7p1RLRZDH— London Perrantes (@London_Tyus) March 13, 2018
Short, sweet, and to the point. The Hoos may end up benefitting from takes like Goodman’s as Coach Bennett spoke today about the need for them to maintain the underdog mentality, despite being 31-2 and the top seed in the tournament.
Bennett got advice from his father, Dick Bennett, about just that. “You’ve got to learn how to underdog the underdog,” Tony said of his father’s words. “You’ve got to out-underdog the underdog. And that’s the mindset, the grit and the fight that you’re going to need.”
Former UVA football player Chris Long agreed.
UVA back to that Under mentality but we love that. Ain’t that right @JOEL9ONE ?!— London Perrantes (@London_Tyus) March 13, 2018
Obviously, we’ll all see what happens starting Friday. Til then? I’m not burning my bracket.