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History[ edit ] The Wahoos , as they are unofficially known, began their history under the tutelage of a Welshman and American immigrant known best as "Pop", Henry Lannigan.
Lannigan began the program in after training Olympic Games hopefuls in track and field and quickly brought the basketball program into near-dominant form. After reaching prominence the team was invited to help the nationally known Kentucky Wildcats showcase their new Alumni Gymnasium.
Virginia dominated Kentucky, 29— After Lannigan's sudden death in and with limited administration interest at the onset of the Great Depression , Virginia basketball did not maintain its momentum into the next several decades.
Buzzy Wilkinson scored Unfortunately, Virginia teams of the era were not as great at defense and high scoring did not lead to many wins. Athletic, quick, and seven-foot-four, Ralph Sampson was perhaps the most desired high school recruit in college basketball history when he chose to play with Jeff Lamp at Virginia over Kentucky in Highlights of those teams include a Jones team headlined by Cory Alexander and Junior Burrough that also reached the Elite Eight after a first-place finish in the ACC standings of There were no championship teams under Gillen, but his recruits Sean Singletary and J.
Reynolds led the team to Virginia's next conference-topping finish in Leitao's second season. While there were flashes of brilliance under each of the three coaches, the program regained and expanded its national prominence under the coach who followed them.
The —15 squad, led by Justin Anderson and Brogdon, started 19—0 and was even more dominant throughout the season as this team more than doubled up the scores of Georgia Tech and Wake Forest, only the second and third times in history that one ACC team scored twice as many points as another ACC team in official competition.
However, Anderson broke his finger against Louisville and did not return until the NCAA Tournament where he was much diminished and the team bowed out to Michigan State in the second round. Brogdon led the —16 team to the Elite Eight, but they fell just short of the elusive Final Four after a late rally by Syracuse.
He holds the single-season wins record of 35 from the —19 season, breaking his own previous record of UVA received a first round bye and squeaked by Villanova in the 2nd round. They would then handle both Tennessee and Brigham Young by 14 points each in the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 respectively to clinch a berth in the program's first ever Final Four in Philadelphia.
Virginia would close the season on a high note, however, defeating Louisiana State in the National Third Place game to cap the program's most successful season to that point.
The Cavaliers limped into the ACC tournament with a record, promptly falling to Wake Forest in the first round. After escaping 10th-seeded Iona in the first round, Virginia drew Southwest Conference champion and 2nd-seeded Arkansas in the 2nd round.
The Cavaliers dispatched the Razorbacks in an overtime affair before cruising past 3rd-seeded Syracuse in the Sweet Sixteen. In a low-scoring, defensive affair, the Cavaliers defeated Bobby Knight's 4th-seeded Indiana Hoosiers in the Elite Eight to clinch the school's second Final Four appearance in 4 seasons.
The Cavaliers gave the vaunted Phi Slama Jama lineup all they could handle, but eventually fell in overtime, ending a surprisingly-successful postseason run.
The only No. Virginia in fact became the only No. After first defeating Gardner-Webb, Oklahoma, and Oregon, they met the red-hot Boilermakers who had taken out defending champion Villanova and No.
Virginia would get out to a ten-point lead before Carsen Edwards started making one foot to foot three-pointer after another, and there was no answer Virginia could come up with to stop him. He scored 42 points after also scoring 42 against Villanova , by far a record against a Bennett-coached team.
Virginia made a convincing comeback in the second half and led 57—47 before Auburn made their own as Bryce Brown and Jared Harper hit three-point shots and the Tigers went on a point run.
Videos of Auburn fans who pre-maturely celebrated without realizing a foul had been committed were widely circulated and became part of Jimmy Kimmel Live! Despite falling to NC State twice during the regular season, the Cavaliers upset the 3rd-seeded Wolfpack Virginia defeated the 9 ranked Terrapins before dispatching Top-seeded and 4th-ranked North Carolina in the championship game.
It marked the first conference tournament title and NCAA appearance for Virginia, as well as only the 3rd time a non-North Carolina-based team won the conference title following Maryland in and South Carolina in Wally Walker scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the title game, being named tournament MVP in the process.
The Cavaliers got off to a rough start, punctuated by a point road loss at Tennessee. The Cavaliers would exact revenge for a regular season loss to the Blue Devils, defeating them and claiming their first ACC tournament title since The Miracle in Landover.
The team would start the season unranked before getting off to an non-conference start and climbing up to 13 in the country at the start of conference play. Virginia would then become the first team to go in conference play, notably snapping a long losing streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium against Duke, scoring 5 points in 0.
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They would open the ACC tournament by routing 9th-seeded Louisville in the quarterfinals before dispatching 4th-seeded Clemson in the semis. They would then rematch with a North Carolina team they had defeated earlier in Charlottesville and claim the ACC championship with a win.