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Beating Virginia Twice In One Season Doesn’t Happen Much Anymore

You can’t be Cavalier with Virginia

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NCAA Basketball: Duke at Virginia
Feb 9, 2019; Charlottesville, VA, USA; (L-R) Virginia Cavaliers center Jack Salt (33), Cavaliers guard Braxton Key (2), and Cavaliers forward Mamadi Diakite (25) sit on the bench in the final minute against the Duke Blue Devils in the second half at John Paul Jones Arena. The Blue Devils won 81-71. 
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

When Duke defeated Virginia at Charlottesville this past Saturday, much was made of the 81-71 result based on rankings, standings, reputations and the like. Rightly so.

Perhaps equally notable but largely overlooked, the Blue Devils were the first ACC squad since 2012, a period of eight years, that defeated Tony Bennett’s Cavaliers twice in the same season.

North Carolina and Florida State both beat UVa in 2012, when UNC and FSU went on to meet in the ACC Tournament final.

At this point, with matchups left on Feb. 23 and March 9, only Louisville has a chance to duplicate that feat in 2019.

Duke now has seven wins over the Cavs in the seven seasons since they became a winning program in ACC competition. The next-closest school in accumulating victories over Bennett’s buttoned-down bunch is Leonard Hamilton’s Florida State units, with five. If there’s a common denominator between Duke and FSU over that span, it’s the athleticism of their squads.

This past weekend’s win by Mike Krzyzewski’s club was the ninth in those seven seasons by an ACC team at John Paul Jones Arena. Of those nine, three belong to Duke, two to Virginia Tech, UVa’s archrival, and two to Florida State.

Virginia has played 67 home games since the 2012 season, posting a 58-9 cumulative record through Duke’s visit.

This is Bennett’s 10th season at Charlottesville. In his first two years he was a combined 12-20 in ACC play.

UVa Defeats in ACC Since Posting Winning League Records Under Tony Bennett
(Home Games Underlined, Through Games of Feb. 9, 2019; T=Tie)
Year Finish ACC ACC W/L Victors in Regular Season ACC Tourn.
2019 TBD 8-2 D, D TBD
2018 First 17-1 VT Champ
2017 Fifth-T 11-7 FS, UP, SU, VT, D, NC, UM ND
2016 Second 13-5 VT, GT, D, UM, FS NC
2015 First 16-2 D, UL NC
2014 First 16-2 D, M Champ
2013 Fourth-T 11-7 WF, C, GT, NC, UM, BC, FS NS
2012 Fourth-T 9-7 D, VT, FS, NC, C, NC, FS NS
By Team, Regular Season: BC-1; C-2; D-7; FS-5; GT-2; UL-1; M-1; UM-3; NC-4; NS-0; ND-0; UP-1; SU-1; VT-4; WF-1
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