BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Virginia spent two years on high of the school basketball world. After one night time in Indiana, it was throughout for the Cavaliers.

Coming out of quarantine after a constructive COVID-19 take a look at, Virginia’s uncommon title defense was stopped by one other upset loss within the NCAA Tournament, falling 62-58 to Jason Preston and Ohio on Saturday.

“Our guys were again hopeful we’d get this opportunity,” Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett mentioned. “The NCAA allowed us to come in in a unique way. I’m thankful for it, but it just stings right now to not advance in this tournament.”

No. 4 seed Virginia (18-7) gained the ACC regular-season title after which had to withdraw from the convention match due to its COVID-19 points. The Cavaliers spent seven days in quarantine, utilizing digital conferences to put together for the matchup with Ohio.

Bennett and firm simply arrived on Friday, and now they’re heading out as soon as once more.

Some acquainted issues confirmed up once more for the Cavaliers, who struggled to rating throughout a key stretch within the second half and shot 35% from the sphere for the sport. Virginia famously misplaced to No. 16 seed UMBC within the first spherical in 2018, but it surely used the setback as motivation in its run to the championship in 2019.

After final yr’s NCAA Tournament was canceled due to the pandemic, the Cavaliers (18-7) grew to become the primary defending champion to lose within the first spherical since UConn in 2012.


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