UVA stomps Albany in first round of NCAA Tourney
In an impressive show of dominance where other teams of its caliber have failed, the UVA men's basketball team impounded the Great Danes of the University of Albany, 84-57, in their first-round game of the NCAA tournament. In a tournament that's often defined by its unpredictability, this March Madness matchup never even had the whiff of an upset, with the Cavaliers jumping out to a big lead in the first half to go into halftime with a 45-25 lead. The Cavs also dominated in the second half, and the Great Danes just continued to lose ground. J.R. Reynolds led the Cavaliers with 28 points, while his backcourt teammate Sean Singletary tallied another 23.
This is UVA's first win in the NCAA Tournament since the 1995 Cavaliers, under head coach Jeff Jones, beat Kansas 67-58 to advance to the "Elite Eight."
The 'Hoos now await their second-round opponent. They face the winner of the Tennessee-Long Beach State matchup (2:45pm today) at a time yet to be determined on Sunday, which could complicate the lives of Wahoo fans with tickets to that night's Justin Timberlake concert at the John Paul Jones Arena.
Should UVA vanquish their next opponent and advance into the "Sweet 16," they will take the court next Thursday to face the the winner of the game between Xavier (another former employer of Pete Gillen) and Ohio State (the #1 ranked team in the nation).
UPDATE: The Cavaliers and the Tennessee Volunteers tip off in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday at 12:10pm, according to the 'Hoos' official website.