I’ve Been Waiting A Long Time For This

Virginia wins the ACC

A couple of decades of frustration lifted off the shoulders of Virginia fans on Saturday afternoon. That’s how long it’d been — 33 years — since the Cavaliers had celebrated an outright ACC championship. But as the clocked ticked down to the end of the 12th-ranked Cavaliers’ 75-56 upset of No. 4 Syracuse, Virginia fans could embrace an uncommon truth as they stormed the court at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville: These Wahoos are ACC champs.

Coach Tony Bennett’s crew capped a regular season with an outright crown for the first time since Virginia’s 1980-81 campaign. The Orange, which started the year 25-0 and climbed to the top of college basketball’s rankings, came up short for the ACC regular-season crown in their first season in the conference, losing for the third time in four games. Virginia’s top-ranked defense did its job against Syracuse’s attack down the stretch while the Cavaliers capitalized on a dominating rebounding performance on both ends.

Please oh pleasepleaseplease don’t get booted the first weekend in the NCAAs!

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