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Fans Storm the Court to Celebrate ACC Title

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The Virginia men's basketball team is the outright ACC regular season champ for the the first time since 1981, and just the second time in program history, after the 12th-ranked 'Hoos blew out #4 Syracuse 75-56 Saturday.

UVa has won a school-record 16 conference games this season, and after the latest, the celebration was on.

They asked the fans not to come on the floor after the game, but that request was pretty much ignored.  

After all, it had been thirty-three years since the Cavaliers had a chance to celebrate like this.

Senior Akil Mitchell says, "I don't even remember the court storming, I was so ecstatic.  We ran out there, and it felt like there were a million people around for about ten seconds."

"Oh my gosh, it's crazy," adds sophomore Mile Tobey.  "It's something you dream about as a little kid, and it's a dream come true."

John Paul Jones Arena was jumping from the minute they opened the doors for the showdown with Syracuse.

Sophomore Malcolm Brogdon says, "The crowd was crazy.  I can't say enough about our fans.  Our fans were really our sixth man today.  They were huge.  I've never seen anything like that at JPJ."

Sophomore Justin Anderson adds, "The crowd was electric tonight.  I'm glad everyone got on the same page with the orange and the white out.  It was a beautiful thing out there."

Head coach Tony Bennett says, "I knew it was going to be electric, but that gives you something, that crowd, defensively.  It was special how intense it was in there, and the passion you got from it."

Not everyone believes the home court played a role in the Wahoos victory.

"It's a good place to play, but they win games here because they have good players," says Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim.  

Head coach Tony Bennett says the crowd was a hit.

"The last time I heard it that loud, I was at the Taylor Swift concert," says Bennett.  "I remember, I sat there, and there's 14,000 teenage girls screaming, and I remember sitting there like, 'I wonder if we can get it like this, for a game.'  I'm telling you something, it either rivaled it, or surpassed it. Sorry, Taylor, but it was that good."

The Cavaliers play their regular season finale at Maryland next Sunday.

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