Fan Frenzy over UVa Men's Basketball Team

By: Chris Stover Email
By: Chris Stover Email

March 17, 2014

With a snow day on Monday, students at the University of Virginia have some extra time to celebrate a big weekend for the men's basketball team.

"My expectation was just to hopefully have a good team, strong season, but I never thought we could win the ACC Tournament and be a 1 seed," said UVa second-year Andrew O'Shea. "That's definitely past all my expectations."

The Cavalier basketball team earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament after taking the ACC Championship title in Greensboro on Sunday.

"We've been following since our first year, like first game," third-year student Lizzie Weaver said. "So we're so excited to finally get there."

Apparel store Mincer's didn't waste much time in getting ACC champions inventory. The store has more than a dozen varieties of championship T-shirts, and more are expected.

"It's been a long time coming," Mincer's president Mark Mincer said. "1976, I was 13 years old. I had no idea it'd be 38 years before we got back."

The snow kept some customers away from the store, but business was booming for Mincer's online.

"Been quite a bit of business on the Internet," Mincer said. "The website, I wouldn't say it crashed, but it was overloaded."

Mincer says he expects more shirts to be shipped in the coming days.

The demand for the T-shirts is only feeding the frenzy on grounds as many Cavalier fans are wondering what the team will accomplish next.

"I think we got a good shot for definitely the first two rounds," Weaver said> "They're my final team in the bracket."

"I think we're kind of an underdog even as the No. 1 seed," UVa first-year Spencer Mooney-Jones said. "I hope we can come into it with the underdog feeling."

Despite that feeling, fans say they know the keys to success for the team.

"I think if we can keep being consistent, keep going with the team attitude that we got so far," third-year Emily Mordecai said. "Hopefully our seniors will step up and do a good job as well as our other guys who Tony Bennett's lucky enough to pull off the bench with such a deep bench. I think we'll be pretty good."

The Wahoo nation continues to support the team, hoping for a long dance in the tournament.

"I know I'm going to be nervous, but it should be fun," O'Shea said. "Hopefully they'll do well and it can go throughout all of March."

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