By AJ Mincer
March 17, 2015
If you were at Monticello High School last Thursday during 2nd and 3rd block, you know just how much the Mustangs love UVA Basketball. Students dropped what they were doing. Whether you watched the game in the library, with your class, or secretly on your laptop when your teacher wasn’t looking, students wanted to see their favorite team play.
UVA had an amazing season and was named ACC Regular Season Champion. Thursday was Virginia’s first game of the ACC tournament, and after finishing the season with a loss, UVA was ready to play their game and show their fans what they’re made of.
Virginia was seeded #1 in the ACC. This allowed them to have a double bye and begin the tournament with a match-up against Florida State University after the Seminoles beat Clemson on Wednesday night.
The Florida State game was the first time the Hoos had Justin Andersen back, one of Charlottesville’s favorite players. Anderson was not up to his full potential yet, but he was still very important to the team’s success. The game wasn’t as easy as fans had hoped for but UVA pulled ahead in the last few minutes and closed out with a final score of 58-44.
With Florida State out of the picture, Virginia advanced on to play UNC. This was UNC’s third game in three days and Virginia was hoping to use this to their advantage. To get to this point, UNC beat Boston College and Louisville. They were hungry for another win.
Unfortunately, UVA could not pull this one out. They did a great job of closing a 13 point gap, but they failed to come away with a victory. UVA fans all had hoped that this would be the second year that the team would be the ACC Tournament Champions but this wish was not granted. UNC lost to Notre Dame in the final round, and Notre Dame was named the 2015 ACC Tournament Champions.
The UVA Basketball team still has one more chance to show us what they’re made of. There is no doubt that they have been practicing hard all week long to prove themselves in the NCAA Tournament.
Their first round game will be this Friday, March 20th, at 3:10 pm against 15 seed Belmont. You can watch this on TRUTV.