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Shedrick knew more than national media

Shedrick knew more than national media

There are dozens of highly recruited high school basketball seniors and hundreds of ranked prospects overall, but only two watched March Madness unfold with the satisfaction of knowing they committed to the school that won the 2019 NCAA title. One of those Virginia-bound...

Virginia adds more than a puff with Huff

Virginia adds more than a puff with Huff

College basketball teams with national title aspirations this time of year are balancing health with not disrupting a cohesive unit that can make a run through March Madness. In the ACC, the top three contenders are North Carolina and Virginia, tied for first in the...

Virginia names change but defense the same

Virginia names change but defense the same

The Green Bay Packers finally lived up to Virginia basketball’s famed “Pack Line Defense” with a 27-13 Monday night over the Philadelphia Eagles.Virginia coach Tony Bennett’s Green Bay roots – he played at Wisconsin-Green Bay for his father, Dick Bennett – are the football...

Virginia on a roll to justify top seed

Virginia on a roll to justify top seed

Ah, so that’s why Virginia earned a No. 1 seed.That’s what most us should be thinking after the Cavaliers advanced to the Elite Eight with a convincing 84-71 win over fourth-seeded Iowa State on Friday night in the Midwest Regional game at the United Center in Chicago....

Virginia looks ahead without Michigan State to face in Chicago

Virginia looks ahead without Michigan State to face in Chicago

RALEIGH, N.C. — Virginia can breathe a sigh of relief this week. The Midwest Region’s No. 1 seed can travel to Chicago, the heart of Big Ten country, without worrying about their NCAA nemesis the last two years, Michigan State.As all March Madness fans have been aware since...

Texas Tech win prepares Butler for Virginia

Texas Tech win prepares Butler for Virginia

RALEIGH, N.C. – Butler Coach Chris Holtmann studied Texas Tech’s game film all week and knew his Bulldogs were in for what he called “a grinder” for their NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional opener.What better way to prepare for top-seeded Virginia in the second round?...

Virginia ranked fifth in Today U countdown

Virginia ranked fifth in Today U countdown

Shortly after Michigan State upset Virginia in last year’s NCAA Tournament, Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett was asked to compare the 2015 Spartans to coach Tom Izzo’s 2014 Spartans.Unfortunately for Bennett, he was well-versed in Michigan State basketball. Two years in a row...

Michigan State experience holds off Virginia rallies

Michigan State experience holds off Virginia rallies

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Five times Virginia trimmed Michigan State’s lead to a two-score game in the second half’s final 11 minutes Sunday afternoon at Time Warner Cable Arena.Five times the Virginia faithful, clad in orange and outnumbering Michigan State partisans with the game...