Cavalier Corner

April 2016

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The Cavaliers fell just short of the program's first Final Four appearance since 1984, but did post a 29-8 record — which included the school's first undefeated home mark (15-0) since 1981-82 — while advancing to the Elite Eight for the first time in 21 years. PHOTO BY MATT RILEY/COURTESY UVA BY WHITELAW REID W HEN VIRGINIA LOST TO Syracuse in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament March 27 in Chicago, head coach Tony Bennett acknowledged the pain. The pain that comes with an excruciating loss. The pain that comes in a fourth-year's last game. The pain that comes with falling just short of a Final Four. Bennett, though, referencing an old church song, said that "joy would come in the morn- ing" upon the realization of what his team had accomplished. No doubt, there were plenty of accom- plishments. • Virginia finished the season with a 15-0 record at John Paul Jones Arena, marking the first time since 1981-82 it had gone un- defeated at home. • UVA's fourth-year class finished with 112 wins, tying a school record set by the group that capped their careers in 1983. • Redshirt fourth-year guard Malcolm Brogdon became the second Virginia player to earn first-team All-America honors, join- ing Ralph Sampson. • Virginia's Elite Eight appearance was its first since 1995. The Cavaliers' road to Chicago wasn't an easy one. There were several peaks and valleys, while UVA strived to put its previous two JOY COMES Despite A Heartbreaking Finish, UVA Will Look Back Fondly On The 2015‑16 Campaign

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