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.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- For a team that puts so much energy and effort into defense, Florida's performance against Virginia was as close to perfect as possible. Devin Robinson had 14 points and 11 rebounds, the fifth double-double of his career, and the fourth-seeded Gators handled the No. 5 seed Cavaliers 65-39 on Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Hanging on the wall just outside Villanova's locker room is a sign pointing the players toward the floor. It should read: Danger ahead. Wisconsin's waiting. Of all the teams the top-seeded Wildcats may face on their journey to a possible second straight NCAA championship, the eighth-seeded Badgers just might pose the biggest threat.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- No. 4 seed Florida (25-8) vs. No. 5 seed Virginia (23-10) Second round, East Region; Orlando, Florida; 8:40 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Matchup features two of the nation's top defenses, so don't expect a high-scoring affair. The Cavaliers rank second in the country in defensive efficiency, two spots higher than the Gators. "It's going to be a war of attrition," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- With Florida State, Florida, Virginia and Maryland playing in the same venue, the Amway Center has the potential to become Upset Central in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. All of those higher seeds stumbled down the stretch and have enough flaws that professional and amateur bracketologists across the country have them on upset alert.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Since coming into the Atlantic Coast Conference four years ago, Notre Dame has more than held its own as a football school in a tough basketball league. There was one box the Fighting Irish had not checked yet, and they did it at the best possible time. Bonzie Colson had 21 points and 10 rebounds and No. 22 Notre Dame beat No.
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.
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.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Bruce Brown had a tough night from the field, and yet, with the ball in his hands and Miami in need of a basket, the freshman guard put his faith in loads of summertime shooting work. Brown made a 3-pointer with 23.8 seconds left in overtime and the Hurricanes beat No. 18 Virginia 54-48 on Monday night for the Cavaliers' fourth straight loss.