UVa Basketball Fans Celebrate on The Corner

March 16, 2014

Many University of Virginia men's basketball fans who couldn't make it to Greensboro for Sunday's game celebrated the ACC Tournament win against Duke University on The Corner.

The restaurants and streets were filled with people showing their pride for the Cavaliers.

Students and alumni say the title was a long time coming, but they were happy to experience the excitement right here in Charlottesville.

UVa student Siddhartha Pailla's eyes filled with tears when he saw 40 seconds left on the clock.

"I was just crunched up in a little ball and I was so happy that I started crying," he said.

Pailla has been at UVa for ten years. He's currently finishing his third and fourth degrees. He says he's always had his faith in Virginia sports, but never imagined he'd actually see an ACC win as a student at the university.

UVa student Dillon Harding watched the game at Boylan Heights.

"There were so many people and everybody was going crazy. As the clock started to tick down, it just got really intense and UVa chants started and it was awesome," he said.

It's a team fans say they've come to not only support but also respect.

"These are guys that have dedicated so much, and at the same time, all of them are so humble. They play so well as a team. We don't have any hot shots who are out there trying to prove anything for themselves. They just want to win, and I think that's something Tony [Bennett] has taught them," said Harding.

Student Anne Marie Brown watched the game at The Virginian. She went to Duke for undergrad.

"My loyalties were divided today," she said. "But I've been to every [UVa] home game this year and I've never seen a team that's worked as hard as ours has this year. I think Duke has obviously been at the top for a long time and that Virginia really deserved today's win."

While fans are celebrating Sunday's win, they're also looking forward to the next big match up.

"We won the ACC, but it's not over yet," said UVa fan Sarah Bingol. "I have high hopes for them in the NCAA tournament."

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