Slideshow: Tony Bennett’s 25 Most Memorable Wins at UVA

In honor of Virginia head coach Tony Bennett recording his 300th career win over the weekend, we take a trip down Memory Lane with our 25 most memorable Bennett victories since arriving in Charlottesville in 2009. For more details on each game, see below (All Photos Courtesy UVA Sports Media Relations):

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25. #13 Virginia 66, #8 Miami 58: Jan. 12, 2016 — Virginia moved to 13-3 on the season behind 20 points from Malcolm Brogdon, ending the Hurricanes’ 7-game win streak and knocking them out of the top 10.

24. #2 Virginia 61, #18 Clemson 36: Jan. 23, 2018 — The Cavaliers held Clemson to just 13 points in the second half and finished the game on an 18-2 run to bury the Tigers.

23. #11 Virginia 63, #16 Louisville 47: Jan. 30, 2016 — Anthony Gill and Malcolm Brogdon led the Wahoos to a 16-point drubbing of the Cardinals on the road, holding UL to 33 percent from the field.

22. Virginia 60, Wisconsin 54: Nov. 28, 2012 — Bennett returned to Madison for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and knocked off the Badgers, as Joe Harris led UVA with 22 points and Darion Atkins added 14.

21. #2 Virginia 59, Syracuse 47: Mar. 2, 2015 — The ‘Hoos rallied from ice cold shooting early on at the Carrier Dome and went on to claim their second straight outright ACC regular-season title.

20. #12 Virginia 71, #14 Notre Dame 54: Jan. 24, 2017 — London Perrantes was the hero in South Bend in this top-20 ACC matchup, sinking five triples as Virginia cruised over the Fighting Irish.

19. #8 Virginia 86, #12 Villanova 75: Dec. 19, 2015 — Brogdon, Gill and Perrantes led the charge as the Cavaliers pulled away from Jay Wright and the eventual national champion Wildcats in this memorable heavyweight bout at John Paul Jones Arena.

18. #2 Virginia 57, Georgia Tech 28: Jan. 22, 2015 — The Yellow Jackets became the third UVA opponent of the season to not reach the 30-point plateau. Bennett’s Pack Line limited GT to 28, which was the lowest point total ever in an ACC regular-season contest.

17. #17 Virginia 61, Maryland 53: Feb. 10, 2014 — UVA held on for the victory at JPJ as Wahoo fans sent out the Terrapins with chants of “ACC” in the final conference battle between the old-time rivals before the Terps moved on to the Big Ten.

16. Virginia 78, Memphis 60: Mar. 23, 2014 — The ‘Hoos rolled in the second-round contest of the NCAA Tournament in Raleigh, marking Virginia’s first trip to the Sweet 16 since 1995.

15. Virginia 84, Iowa State 71: Mar. 25, 2016 — Two years later, Bennett led the Wahoos back to the Elite 8 for the first time since that 1994-95 season with this Sweet 16 triumph over the Cyclones at the United Center in Chicago.

14. #10 Virginia 70, #14 West Virginia 54: Dec. 8, 2015 — The ‘Hoos initially struggled against “Press Virginia” and trailed by as many as 12 in this Jimmy V Classic matchup at Madison Square Garden, but London Perrantes went 3 for 3 from deep and scored all 13 of his points in the second half to help seal the W.

13. #8 Virginia 61, #12 North Carolina 49: Jan. 6, 2018 — Mamadi Diakite ignited the crowd with a couple of highlight-reel dunks, but De’Andre Hunter made a name for himself with a jaw-dropping baseline jam, and Virginia cruised over the Tar Heels in last year’s early ACC showdown.

12. #12 Virginia 61, #6 Louisville 53: Dec. 28, 2016 — After grabbing a 21-point lead in the second half, the Cavaliers withstood a Cardinal comeback at the Yum Center. “Virginia seems to be our Kryptonite,” said UL coach Rick Pitino afterwards.

11. #4 Virginia 68, #11 Louisville 46: Mar. 5, 2016 — Mike Tobey put up 15 points and 20 rebounds in his final home game (it was also Brogdon, Gill and Evan Nolte’s Senior Day), while another senior, Caid Kirven, put the icing on the cake when he nailed a 3 before being mobbed by his teammates.

10. Virginia 48, #18 Pittsburgh 45: Feb. 2, 2014 — Malcolm Brogdon sank a dagger 3 from the top of the key to beat the buzzer and lift then-unranked UVA to a huge upset win on the ACC road. The ‘Hoos were ranked 20th the following week and didn’t drop out until early last season.

9. #3 Virginia 52, #9 Louisville 47: Feb. 7, 2015 — In Rick Pitino’s first trip to JPJ, the mighty Wahoo defense was once again on full display, holding the Cardinals to 13 points in the opening half, and UVA held on late to cap a tough three-game stretch against Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and Pitino.

8. #3 Virginia 79, #7 North Carolina 74: Feb. 27, 2016 — Roy Williams brought his Heels into Charlottesville with ESPN’s College GameDay on hand earlier in the day, and Malcolm Brogdon scored a game-high 26 points as a 16-5 run by the ‘Hoos helped them pull away in this top-10 affair. Williams went on to say that Brogdon’s performance that day was as good as he’d seen all year, “maybe several years.”

7. Virginia 73, #3 Duke 68: Feb. 28, 2013 — Joe Harris poured in 36 points to end Virginia’s 11-year drought against top-5 opponents. The fans stormed the court afterwards, prompting Coach K to infamously make a fuss about arena security not properly allowing his team to exit the floor.

6. #11 Virginia 72, Wake Forest 71: Jan. 26, 2016 — It was a comeback for the ages in Winston-Salem, as the Wahoos erased a 10-point deficit in the final 90 seconds and escaped on an improbable, heavily contested, buzzer-beating corner 3-pointer off the glass by Darius Thompson.

5. #1 Virginia 67, Louisville 66: Mar. 1, 2018 — It’s tough to beat Thompson’s big shot at Wake in 2016, but after a wild sequence, De’Andre Hunter caught an inbound pass from Ty Jerome with less than a second left and sank a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to punctuate another incredible late rally, and Bennett’s top-ranked ‘Hoos became the first ACC team to ever finish 9-0 on the road in league competition.

4. #2 Virginia 65, #4 Duke 63: Jan. 27, 2018 — Ty Jerome shook off his man and knocked down one of the most memorable shots in UVA history to lift the Cavaliers to a win in Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time since 1995. Wahoo fans will never forget Kyle Guy going at it with Grayson Allen for a loose ball during the top-5 battle.

3. #1 Virginia 71, #12 North Carolina 63: Mar. 10, 2018 — Bennett’s boys went up to Brooklyn and hoisted the third ACC Tournament trophy in school history with the victory over the Heels, setting the UVA mark for wins in a season with 31. Tourney MVP Kyle Guy scored 16 to lead the Cavaliers, who started the season unranked and headed into the NCAA Tournament as the top overall seed. At season’s end, Bennett was named National Coach of the Year for a third time (second only to the legendary John Wooden).

2. #12 Virginia 75, #4 Syracuse 56: Mar. 1, 2014 — It was Senior Day for Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell, and the Wahoos were able to cut down the nets and celebrate an ACC regular-season championship on their home floor for arguably the most memorable scene in program history. “Last time I heard it that loud [at JPJ], I was at the Taylor Swift concert,” Bennett said afterwards. “I remember I sat there and there were 14,000 teenage girls screaming and I was like, ‘I wonder if we can get it like this for a game.’ And I’m telling you something; it either rivaled it or surpassed it. It was that good.”

1. #6 Virginia 72, #7 Duke 63: Mar. 16, 2014 — The long wait was finally over for Cavalier fans, as Bennett became just the second Virginia coach to win an ACC Tournament when the ‘Hoos prevailed over Jabari Parker and the Blue Devils in Greensboro. UVA hadn’t won a league tournament title since 1976 and went on to claim a 1-seed in the Big Dance the following week. Tournament MVP Joe Harris (15 points) and Malcolm Brogdon (23 points) each had key outings in the victory. “Wally Walker said we want some company with that team in ’76,” said Bennett.


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