The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today the men’s basketball league opponents for all 15 institutions for the 2013-14 season. Virginia’s home slate is highlighted by home contests against Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Syracuse.
Virginia had two chances to win games at home that would have sent the Cavs to Madison Square Garden. Wednesday’s 75-64 loss to Iowa in the NIT quarterfinals made them 0-for-2.
Postgame interviews with UVa. coach Tony Bennett and players Taylor Barnette and Akil Mitchell following Virginia’s 68-50 win over St. John’s in the 2013 NIT.
A 20-3 first-half run got a sluggish Virginia team off the schneid, and the Cavs rolled to a 68-50 win over St. John’s in the second round of the NIT on Sunday.
AugustaFreePress.com will be courtside at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville for today’s second-round NIT game between #1 seed Virginia and #5 seed St. John’s. The tip for the game is 11 a.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN. Editor Chris Graham will blog live score updates, commentary, analysis and more.
No. 1 seed Virginia (22-11) will host No. 5 seed St. John’s (17-15) in the second round of the NIT on Sunday, March 24. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 11 a.m. ET.
Fifteen missed free throws. Seventeen turnovers. Virginia seemed hell-bent on proving the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee right in not giving the Cavs an at-large bid to the Big Dance. But then UVa. was able to pull it together enough down the stretch to pull away from a pesky Norfolk State team to win 67-56 Tuesday night in the first round of the NIT.
No. 1 seed Virginia (21-11) will host No. 8 seed Norfolk State (21-11) in the National Invitation Tournament on Tuesday, March 19. Tipoff at John Paul Jones Arena is set for 9 p.m.
The short answer: win, early and often. Virginia (21-10, 11-7 ACC) is still listed as one of the last four teams in the NCAA Tournament field by ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi, but that is far from being the consensus feeling from those in the know.