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Time to cheer up and remember UVA’s historic season

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Still shocked and depressed that the Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball team lost on Sunday?  I think it's time to put how great of a season the Wahoos had in perspective in order to help the healing process.  Here are some of the highlights from one of the best seasons in UVA's history:

  • Virginia won back to back ACC regular season championships for the first time since 1982-83 and the first time ever outright. It was the first time a team other than UNC or Duke did so since 1974.
  • The Cavaliers went 51-7 in their last 58 games. Four of those losses came against the Duke Blue Devils and Michigan State Spartans. Only one of those seven losses was at home.
  • The Wahoos went 36-5 in the ACC the past two seasons, the best stretch of any ACC team since Duke in 2000.
  • UVA started 28-1, which was the best start in the program's history.
  • Virginia's defense allowed an average of only 50.2 points per game, the lowest in the country since 1992 and the school's lowest since 1946.
  • The Cavaliers scored more than double their ACC opponents twice (70-34 over Wake Forest and 57-28 over Georgia Tech). It had only happened once before in ACC history.
  • UVA had road wins at ranked VCU, Maryland, ACC tournament champion Notre Dame, and at a ranked UNC team for the first time since 1981.
  • On January 31st, ESPN's College Gameday came to Charlottesville for the first time ever.
  • Virginia reached as high as #2 in the AP Poll for the first time since 1983 and was ranked in the top 10 all year.
  • Tony Bennett won ACC Coach of the Year for two consecutive years and is only the second coach to win USBWA National Coach of the Year at two different schools. 
  • Meanwhile Malcolm Brogdon earned USBWA second-team All-American honors, the first Wahoo to do so since Ralph Sampson.
  • Not to be outdone, senior Darion Atkins won the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award as well, the first UVA player to win the award.
  • Just two years ago the Wahoos were a bubble team that the fan base debated about getting into the tournament. This season the discussion was about getting a #1 seed for the second year in a row.
  • UVA lost 28% of its scoring and minutes when seniors Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell graduated last year, yet the Cavaliers record improved this year. An impressive 86% of the team's scoring and minutes return for next year.

These are just some of the many reasons to be proud of this Virginia squad and to be optimistic going forward. Wahoowah!