04.09.2019

How Virginia Found Redemption

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Virginia was a postseason fraud, or it wasn’t. Tony Bennett’s system had unavoidable flaws, or it didn’t. The national championship couldn’t be won at a plodding pace, or it could. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is deemed the definitive assessment in the sport, and perhaps no team has been evaluated more harshly over the past two seasons than the Virginia Cavaliers. Bennett’s team entered this tournament with a regular-season record of 56-4 the past two seasons, but lost a game last tournament that will be remembered forever.

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