CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Sam Hauser scored a game-high 24 points, and the No. 21 UVA men’s basketball team won 68-58 at Louisville on Saturday.
The Cavaliers (17-6, 13-4 ACC) are the ACC Regular Season Champions for the 10th time in program history, and the 5th under head coach Tony Bennett.
Notre Dame upset No. 11 Florida State (15-5, 11-4 ACC) earlier in the day, which gave the ‘Hoos a chance to play for the title.
Head coach Tony Bennett says, “We were throwing water and just so excited I said, ‘Congratulations to the 2021 ACC Regular-Season Champs.’ We talked about what a title fight meant and being able to live with the results win or lose, but lay it on the line and don’t yield. I’m so grateful, I really am because it’s been a unique year to say the least and we will remember it always.
“We’ll put a mask on the ACC trophy for sure,” Bennett added, with a laugh.
Hauser says, “At the start of the year, this was one of our goals, and check the box off, but we got a lot more to do, for sure. It’s definitely great to get this championship and be a part of this program.”
The UVA defense limited Louisville to 36.8 percent shooting from their field (21-of-57), including 5-of-13 three-pointers.
Hauser pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, to go with his 24 points.
Trey Murphy III chipped in 17 points, while Jay Huff had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 blocks.
Virginia will take on the winner of 8-seed Syracuse and 9-seed NC State in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals on Thursday at noon in Greensboro.