Leitao has UVa Basketball in NCAA hunt for first time since 2001
As a third-year getting ready for the homestretch of my undergraduate time at UVa, all I have to say is: IT’s ABOUT TIME. Virginia Basketball has been in the abyss of college basketball since the Ralph Sampson days and haven’t been relevant in the postseason since 2001. This season, the Cavaliers defied preseason expectations to finish 8th in the ACC and instead finishes the regular season tied for first in the ACC along with an immenent at-large birth to the NCAA tournament. The reason for the team’s success has to be attributed to second-year coach Dave Leitao, who’s brought a new attitude thriving on mental toughness and unselfish basketball to a team that didn’t seem to have much direction under the late years of the Pete Gillen era.
Although the accolades and praises of the Leitao and the men’s basketball team are great, the ACC Men’s basketball tournament starts this week and the NCAA tournament starts the week after so the achievements of the 2006-07 Cavs may rest on their performance in the “Big Dance.” My question is: What are your predictions for the Cavaliers’ basketball team in the ACC tournament and NCAA tournament?
Personally, I think the Cavaliers will make the semifinals of the ACC tournament before getting bounced by a hot team like Maryland or a perennial power like UNC or Duke. As far as the NCAA tournament, I’ll wait until Sunday when the brackets come out because those particular matchups will determine how far UVa can go in the tournament.
Your thoughts are appreciated.
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- March 5, 2007 / 6:35 pm