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The Breakthrough is history. The 2018-19 team's United Pursuit brought Virginia Basketball to the ultimate height: the National Championship. The core players of that team are off living their NBA dreams, while players who created magic and became stars during that NCAA Tournament return to lead a new group on...

I was lucky enough to attend Virginia’s national championship banner-hanging and ring ceremony Sept. 13 at John Paul Jones Arena. It was a night worthy of this wonderful group of Wahoos as fans and UVa administrators got to show their appreciation for such a great group of young men and coaches.

At first, I was surprised that the arena did not sell out. I believe the attendance was about 10,000, with tickets in the upper bowl selling for $25 and $50 in the...

[Note: a different version of this article ran in April in the wake of the national title. It has been modified to serve here as an introduction to our 2019-20 season preview.]

 

Back in April, right after the title game, I wrote

The Fighting Irish came to Klockner Stadium missing three midfielders and had to face the #1 Cavaliers’ possession offense.  It wasn’t a fair fight, really.

 

At home for the first time since the September 21 win over ODU, the Hoos (4-2, 2-1) are in the midst of a two game loosing streak. With their depth thinning and offense not scoring a TD in the last six quarters, UVA finds itself with what's essentially a must win game.

On the opposite sideline will be Duke (4-2, 2-1). The Blue Devils are coming off of a relatively easy win over ACC cellar-dweller Georgia Tech.

Football

Wednesday Reset - Week 8

Posted on October 15, 2019 in The Team by StLouHoo.

Week 7 is in the books with the Hoos taking a painful loss in Coral Gables. Time to recap the loss and reevaluate both the coming week and remaining road ahead:

 

Quick Hit Thoughts from the Game

Six trips inside the Miami 25 yard line, and only three FGs to show for it. That really sums up a lot. Other than those three stall...

First off, as kind of a foreword, I want to say that I feel terrible for Wahoos cornerback Bryce Hall. He came here as a two-star recruit, worked extremely hard and believed in Bronco Mendenhall and the program, and turned himself into a first-round NFL draft prospect. He could've skipped his senior season and made millions. But he came back to try to help the program take the next step. And he paid for that decision Friday night with a gruesome ankle injury. That sucks, and I just hope he makes a full recovery, whether or not UVa can benefit from his play again. His pro stock took a hit, but he still has a bright future. The team's loss was disappointing, but the worst part is its best p...

Florida State is soccer royalty in the women’s game.  In the past 19 years, the Seminoles have 10 appearances in the Final Four (or College Cup), at one point appearing five times in a row.  They have been national champions twice, and are the reigning champs.

Oh, and they were on a 9-game winning streak.  Virginia was #1 and one of two undefeated teams in the nation.  Something had to give.

[Special to HOOS Place by frequent guest contributor Robert Elder of Guys In Ties Podcast fame.  Give his pod a listen! - Ed.]

The message boards have been firing. There’s plenty of hot takes on Twitter. Obviously, there is a reaction to starting 4-0 and then losing the past two games, the second one coming off of a bye. I think we all have some opinions, both people inside the program and those, like us, watching from afar.

I am pleased to welcome Prince Akeem Joffer to Hoos Place to preview the marquee matchup in the ACC thus far:  Virginia at Florida State.  Prince covers women's sports for Tomahawk Nation, SB Nation's FSU afiliate. 

Welcome, Prince.

 

On October 21, 2019, HOOS Place presents "A New Pursuit", the 2019-20 Virginia Basketball Season Preview, featuring player scouting reports, ACC team reports, features and more! Click for more info.