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On March 16, 2018 UVA men’s basketball made history by being the first top seed team to lose to the sixteenth seed, UMBC, in the NCAA March Madness tournament. About a year and one month later in Minneapolis, UVA made history again – this time by coming back and winning the whole thing. Read about UVA’s NCAA win here!
In the first round Virginia bested Gardner-Webb 71-56 followed by a win against Oklahoma in the second round, 63-51. Next, Virginia defeated Oregon in the Sweet 16 game 53-49. Then came the Elite 8 game against Purdue – and elite, it was. Virginia’s Mamadi Diakite hit a buzzer beater to send the game into overtime, where Virginia won 80-75.
The Final Four
Next came the Final Four game against Auburn, the final moments of which were nail biting for any Virginia fan. With Auburn winning 61-60 and 1.5 seconds left, Guy took a shot and missed. Auburn celebrated immediately, only for a foul to be called. UVA star Kyle Guy hit 3 free throws to win the game 63-62, sending the Hoos to the championship game, where Virginia would play the Texas Tech Red Raiders for the national title
Title game – UVA’s NCAA win!
In the title game, UVA was led by De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy. Virginia led 17-7 at the beginning of the game, but then fell behind with Texas Tech leading 25- 21. By the end of the first half, UVA overcame this deficit and led at halftime 32-29. However in the second half UVA lost its 10 point lead. Then, with 12.9 seconds left on the clock De’Andre Hunter hit a 3 pointer to tie the game 68-68 and send it into overtime. In the last 45 seconds of overtime Jerome, Guy and Diakite all stepped up to the free throw line, leading the Hoos to pull away from the Red Raiders. The Hoos hit 14 free throws, 11 out of 11 in overtime. In the final seconds of the game Braxton Key dunked to take the game to 83-77 and then after being fouled, hit two free throws, giving the Hoos a 7 point lead. With seven seconds left, a Texas Tech player attempted a 3 pointer but failed- ending the game at 85-77, with Virginia being crowned National Champions. Watch their iconic game here!
UVA, a sports powerhouse
Virginia is clearly an athletic powerhouse. In 2019 we won two NCAA tournaments, basketball and men’s lacrosse. Virginia also won the 2019 Men’s Capital One Cup, which honors the best DI collegiate athletic programs. With 25 Division I sports, and over 700 athletes, UVA sports are an exciting way to show your school spirit. Wahoowa!
Questions about UVA’s NCAA win to discuss on Ohlelo:
- Did you watch the title game? If so, what was your favorite moment?
- Of the whole March Madness run, which was the most exciting game?
- What are some of your other favorite Virginia teams to watch?
- What are some other iconic Virginia sports moments that come to mind when thinking of the University’s dominance in athletics?