Also, hey, college basketball is fun! Coach Bennett is an early-entry hall of fame candidate.
The really hard part, in as unattractive, bruising yet oddly entertaining February game as you can imagine. All the more dispiriting for the second-ranked Cavaliers was that the loss came against contentious in-state rival Virginia Tech, which rallied in overtime for a 61-60 win at raucous John Paul Jones Arena.
Coming into the match the Cavaliers (23-2, 12-1 ACC) had the hopes of moving to No.1 in the national rankings.
Kerry Blackshear Jr. turned an offensive rebound into a layup with five seconds on the clock to give Virginia Tech (18-7, 7-5) the lead and ultimately the win.
Cavaliers faithful will lament Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy shooting 4-of-24 combined from beyond the 3-point arc. Robinson was hard on himself after the Tech win vs the Wolfpack on Wednesday because he missed free throws, shots that he said he always makes. And that team fell out of that spot after its improbable upset loss to Chaminade in Hawaii, regarded by many as the biggest upset in the history of college sports.
"We got some open looks and we shot some that were maybe bad ones but it is what it is", Virginia head coach Tony Bennett told reporters.
Blackshear finished with seven points and six rebounds, while Justin Robinson led all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting. The Cavaliers also were a No. 1 seed in 2014 and lost to fourth-seeded Michigan State, 61-59, in the round of 16.
"I would not necessarily say, strategically, that there has been any change relative to what we have taught from the beginning", Williams said. "We're a brand-new team right now".
The Hokies failed to do that in losing 78-52 to Virginia at Cassell Coliseum on January 3, but exacted their revenge by closing off the middle to the Cavaliers and forcing them to try to win from outside.
The Hokies guarded superbly and relentlessly.
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Nickeil Alexander-Walker of Virginia Tech shoots over Virginia's Isaiah Wilkins during Saturday's game. Throughout a few minutes of the first half, the Hokies were on a 22-2 run. "They have a great strength of schedule and they're 10-1 from home". "We had a couple of lapses on defense and they were hitting tough shots", said Kyle Guy, scored 13 points for UVA.
G Devon Hall (6-foot-5, 211 pounds, r-Sr.): Averaging 12.3 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game.
"Pretty good, wasn't it?" "Just half-court defense", Williams said.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Matt Farrell scored a career-high 28 points to lead Notre Dame's potent three-guard attack in an 84-69 victory Saturday over Florida State. Hall made two, including a contested shot over Devin Wilson, and Jerome had the other. I shoot thousands of free throws.
The Bearcats (23-2, 12-0) missed their first seven shots, but were down only 5-2 when they finally scored on a dunk by Nysier Brooks.
'Twas that kind of evening.
The Camels came into the game tied for third place with Radford, which lost to conference leader UNC Asheville, 66-64.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Kendall Smith and Cameron McGriff each scored 20 points and Oklahoma State beat another ranked team on the road, topping No. 19 West Virginia 88-85 Saturday.
And Robinson was the bell cow.
"It wasn't really a motivation", Blackshear said.
Tech and Virginia travel to challenging opponents early next week, the Cavaliers to Miami on Tuesday, the Hokies to Duke on Wednesday.