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Men’s Soccer Joins Women’s Team at No. 1, Stories on De’Andre Hunter, Men’s Basketball

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In addition to a few new stories on the Hoos in the professional ranks, there was big news out of the soccer world on Tuesday. Let’s find out what your Virginia Cavaliers have been up to.

‘Baby Kawhi’ to ‘the best show in Atlanta’: What we learned at Hawks’ media day (The Athletic)

In a piece that covers where the upstart Atlanta Hawks stand heading into the 2019-20 regular season, No. 4 overall pick De’Andre Hunter received plenty of praise. Big man Alex Len noted that he calls him “Baby Kawhi” - a nod to Hunter’s similarities with the league’s reigning Finals MVP - while NBA veteran Evan Turner mentioned how impressed he’s been with the rookie so far: “I think he’s going to be phenomenal,” he said.

What can the Lightning learn from Virginia men’s basketball? (Tampa Bay Times)

Much like Virginia men’s basketball in 2017-18, the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning posted a historically good regular season record in 2019, before getting swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team who had only made the playoffs via the final wild card spot. In seeing UVA rebound one year later to take the national championship, then, the Lightning plan on emulating some of the ways in which players like Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome, among others, handled being a part of the first one-seed to lose in the opening round.

For the first time since 2014, UVA men’s soccer jumped to the top of the United Coaches poll, announced Tuesday. The achievement was made even sweeter last night, when the team took care of George Washington 3-0 and improved to 9-0-0 on the season.

With the men’s team moving up to No. 1, they join Virginia women’s soccer, who retained their position for a third consecutive week, at the top of the leaderboard.

UVA soccer is off to quite the start!

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What a time, indeed.