Virginia's Tony Bennett is facing a stinging reality. "We've got to improve our program," the Cavaliers men's basketball coach said after fifth-seeded Virginia lost 65-39 to No. 4 Florida . Bennett cautioned all season that this year's team was lacking the experience that fueled the Cavaliers to three straight high seeds in the NCAA Tournament.
Three years of being a top seed in the NCAA Tournament has taught coach Tony Bennett and Virginia something as they prepare to play as a No. 5 seed in a rebuilding year: It's always about winning, but expectations change. The Cavaliers (22-10) have been a No. 1 or No.
NBA-SCHEDULE Heat rally to beat Hornets UNDATED (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs now own a nine-game winning streak that has them atop the NBA's Southwest Division by seven games over Houston. Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) scored 19 points and David Lee had a double-double as the Spurs knocked off Sacramento, 114-104.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Luke Kennard made two clutch jumpers in the final 2:04 and No. 14 Duke beat Clemson 79-72 on Wednesday to advance to the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals. The Blue Devils (24-8) will play fourth-seeded and No. 8 Louisville on Thursday at Barclays Center. Freshmen Jayson Tatum and Frank Jackson each scored 20 points for Duke. and picked up the slack while Kennard was cold.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The difference between how Virginia has played during its four-game winning streak as opposed to how it played during the four-game losing streak that preceded it is not that drastic. Coach Tony Bennett said the Cavaliers have made a few adjustments. They have been hitting a few more shots and taking a little better care of the ball since their February slump.
NBA-SCHEDULE Heat rally to beat Hornets UNDATED (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs now own a nine-game winning streak that has them atop the NBA's Southwest Division by seven games over Houston. Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo zhih-NOH'-blee) scored 19 points and David Lee had a double-double as the Spurs knocked off Sacramento, 114-104.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- London Perrantes was just 13 games into his college career at Virginia when Tony Bennett pulled him aside on the eve of Atlantic Coast Conference play and made one his best coaching moves ever. "I said, in so many words, it's time.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Virginia coach Tony Bennett waited after No. 23 Virginia's 67-42 victory against Pittsburgh was over, and then waited again until London Perrantes had finished a postgame television interview before putting his arm around the point guard and walking off the court. It was what Bennett's father, Dick, did with him after his last college game, and seemed a fitting way to honor his lone senior.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Virginia coach Tony Bennett took the blame for a poor approach in No. 23 Virginia's 24-point loss at No. 5 North Carolina nine days ago. On Monday night, he gave his team the credit for making a new approach work in a 53-43 victory against the Tar Heels. Kyle Guy scored 17 points, London Perrantes had 13 and the Cavaliers used a small lineup to neutralize the Tar Heels' size advantage.
LGBT RIGHTS-NORTH CAROLINA-ACC ACC's Swofford encouraged by bill to repeal NC's HB2 law GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford says he's encouraged that North Carolina lawmakers have filed bipartisan legislation to repeal a law that limits protections for LGBT people. The ACC and the NCAA pulled sporting events out of the state last fall in response to the so-called bathroom bill.
T25-SCHEDULE 'Nova, Kansas add to title strings UNDATED (AP) -- Second-ranked Villanova has wrapped up its fourth straight Big East regular-season title with a solid victory over a top-25 team. Eric Paschall scored a season-high 19 points and Josh Hart added 16 as the Wildcats whipped No. 23 Creighton, 79-63. Kris Jenkins finished with 15 points for Villanova, which controlled the second half after taking a 33-all tie into intermission.