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Virginia Cavaliers Basketball

College: University of Virginia

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)

Stadium: John Paul Jones Arena (capacity 14,593)

Head Coach: Tony Bennett (2009-present)

2022-23 Regular Season Record: 25–8

2023 Postseason Record: NCAA March Madness first round (defeated 68-67 by the Furman Paladins)

Legendary Alumni: Malcolm Brogdon, De’Andre Hunter, Ralph Sampson, Jeff Lamp

National Championships: 1 (2019)

Virginia Cavaliers Basketball

The Virginia Cavaliers (also known as the Wahoos) emerged in their earliest years as one of the top basketball programs in the country, but faded in the 1950s and 60s. It was not until the late 1970s that the Cavaliers would claw their way back onto the national stage when they qualified for their first ever NCAA March Madness postseason basketball tournament in 1976. The Cavaliers’ second tournament, however, was where they really made an impression, going all the way to the Final Four, where they were at last beaten 78-65 by the North Carolina Tar Heels. In the years since, the Cavaliers have reached March Madness on 24 occasions, progressing 10 times to the Sweet 16 and 7 times to the Elite 8. Despite having a very strong team throughout the 1980s, the best the Cavaliers ever finished was third (they actually won the last ever NCAA third place game in 1981), as they lost out again in 1984 in a 49-47 Final Four heartbreaker against the Houston Cougars. It took until 2019 for the Cavaliers, led by head coach Tony Bennett, to at last emerge victorious from a Final Four game after they defeated the Auburn Tigers in a nerve shredding 63-62 semifinal to reach the NCAA championship final. There, the Cavaliers beat the Texas Tech Red Raiders in overtime 85-77 to bring home the university’s first NCAA men’s basketball championship title. Along with all their successes as a team, the Cavaliers have also seen many of their number go on to play in the NBA over the years, including Malcolm Brogdon, De’Andre Hunter, Ralph Sampson, and Jeff Lamp. Recent seasons since the 20019 triumph have seen the Cavaliers remain relatively strong with two conference titles in the past three years. Both these titles were followed by first round exits from the March Madness tournament, however, and so Cavaliers fans will be hoping for much more in 2024 and the seasons to come. 

How can I get cheap tickets to Virginia Cavaliers games?

With a capacity of nearly 15,000, the Cavs’ home, John Paul Jones Arena, is the largest indoor arena in the state, and yet it frequently fills up when the Virginia Cavaliers basketball team is in town, particularly postseason tournament games, key conference deciders, or rivalry matchups. For your best chance at finding the cheapest tickets to Virginia Cavaliers games, search the TicketX listings on this page and use our helpful TicketX seating chart to compare prices and locations. You can purchase tickets with the lowest commission fees from TicketX with just one click! 

Virginia Cavaliers Rivalries

The Virginia Cavaliers have ongoing rivalries with the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Louisville Cardinals, with the Cavaliers well ahead in both all-time series. In 2018, the Cavs scored 5 points in the last 0.9 seconds of their game with the Cardinals that ended up ruling out their rival’s chances of qualifying for the March Madness tournament. The Cavaliers’ other two main rivals are the Maryland Terrapins and North Carolina Tar Heels. The 1980s was a particularly exciting time for their rivalry with the Tar Heels as it saw the Cavs star Ralph Sampson face off against a certain guard from North Carolina by the name of Michael Jordan. 

Are Virginia Cavaliers basketball games exciting?

With the 2019 championship title still a recent glorious memory, Virginia Cavaliers basketball fans are riding high these days and show it at Cavs games by turning up in large numbers dressed in the school colors of orange and blue. Their student section, known as the Hoo Crew, are known for creating an intimidating atmosphere for visitors to John Paul Jones Arena. The school mascot, a mounted cavalier (who leaves his horse in the stable for basketball games) is one of the most iconic mascots in all of college sports.

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