University of Virginia men's basketball fans are wearing their Wahoo spirit around town. ACC champion gear is flying off the racks at Mincer's on the UVA Corner almost as quickly as the store gets it in stock.
The bracket tee displays the word "champions" in bright orange. It's the first time since 1976 UVA basketball fans can wear that word.
Delivery trucks from as far away as Ohio have been delivering gear to Mincer's since an hour after Sunday's big win.
UVA alumnus Frank Smith surveyed the store’s T-shirt selection Monday. He is fresh back from Sunday's big win.
“Me and two friends - the last time we were down there in Greensboro for the ACC tournament was 1984,” Smith said.
The word “champion” comes in every style of orange and blue. Smith's buddy Phil Porter is taking a few back to Texas.
“You know, Virginia fans learn how to lose first. So, we definitely know how to win and enjoy winning,” Porter said.
His son Zach, a fourth-year student at UVA, also geared up.
“There were just several parts in the season where you're like, ‘man, we actually have a really good basketball team,’” he said.
A vintage T-shirt hangs in the store as a reminder of the Cavaliers’ last championship.
“The last time we won, 1976, the adult T-shirts were $3.95. Youth T-shirts were $2.95. And I was just a kid,” said Mark Mincer, the store’s owner.
Mincer started designing the winning shirts and getting them approved six weeks ago. The store is stocking about 21 styles.
“We were here until late pricing, tagging and getting them out,” Mincer said.
Mincer's workers are constantly refilling shelves and shipping Internet orders, which shut down the Mincer's website Sunday night.
“We had hundreds of orders last night. When we got here this morning at 7, we were already hundreds of orders behind. We're trying to ship everything we can today,” Mincer said.
Smith plans to wear his Wahoo pride as the team makes its way through the NCAA tournament.
Today's T-shirt prices range from $14.95 to $24.95. Polos and hats should arrive at Mincer's Tuesday.
Mincer says vendors are already approaching the store to start designing national champion T-shirts, just in case.