Heading into the Duke game on January 27th with a 19-1 record, the University of Virginia Men’s Basketball team accepted nothing short of a suspenseful victory over one of their biggest rivals. U.Va.’s win was not only impressive, as it secured their #2 spot amongst NCAA men’s basketball rankings, but also because the team defeated Duke in an away game for the first time in twenty-three years. Needless to say, this 65-63 win over the Blue Devils is exactly what U.Va. needed to keep up its momentum in the upcoming games. Now with a 20-1 record, U.Va. is proving its worth even without recent graduate and star player, London Perrantes, possibly becoming a contender for the #1 spot in the NCAA.
Kyle Guy (left) contributed the most points for U.Va. (17), followed by Devon Hall (14) and Ty Jerome (13). Despite an attempt from Duke player, Grayson Allen (pictured right with Jerome), to foul Guy after his chin hit his elbow, Guy made both free throws. Leading his team to victory as only a sophomore, Guy illustrated both his collected character and passion for the game. As a freshman, De’Andre Hunter (pictured below) also demonstrated that he has a lot to offer for the Hoos in the coming years after scoring 12 points before an ankle injury.
Head Coach Tony Bennett will prepare his team for a home game on Wednesday January 31st against Louisville. After seizing a win over the Kentucky team last year (71-55), the Hoos are hoping to both cool down from a nail-biting game against Duke and prepare for a future home game against their most notorious rival, Virginia Tech, on February 10th. With a 78-52 win over Tech at an away game on January 3rd, U.Va. will have the upper hand playing on their home court, regardless of their almost perfect record playing in away games this season. U.Va. and its large fan base plan to bring revenge after football season against the other Virginia college, which has a less pristine winning record of 15-6.