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Department: The Team

Nothing can top the result of the 2018-19 Virginia basketball season, because it ended with a national championship. And for a while, I figured nothing would be able to top the craziness of that season either, with the way it ended with one heart-stopping thriller after another in the NCAA tournament.

But then this year happened.

For a large portion...

It is a sign of respect for Tony Bennett's coaching acumen that this year's version of UVA basketball was ever ranked in the top 5 at any point this season.  It's generally known in basketball circles that Tony could coach a team of 9-year-olds to at least a bubble resume entering ACC Tournament week, so it's not surprising they figured that losing a hoard of NBA talent wouldn't faze him one bit.  Indeed, I think there was some recognition early on that this season was going to lack anything resembling a dominant team, so the voters simply chose all the familiar names at the top of their ballots.  The Week 2 top ten: Kentucky, Duke, Michigan State, Louisville, Kansas, North...

For the third time in 5 years, the Cavalier hosted the Louisville Cardinals in the final game of the regular season at the JPJ.  Virginia was playing for seniors Mamadi Diakite and Braxton Key, but also with the small hope of securing the ACC regular season title should FSU lose. Given that the Seminoles had stumbled a bit down the stretch, losing to Clemson and escaping from South Bend, it was a very real possibility.  All Virginia had to do was win.