Cavs Rolling at Home in Conference Play

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email

Anthony Gill said he "couldn't even hear anything."

When Malcolm Brogdon's "And-1" circus flip layup fell through the net midway through the second half of Virginia's 70-49 win over Notre Dame, it gave the Cavs an 11-point lead as part of a bigger 25-0 run -- and sent John Paul Jones Arena into delirium.

Scenes like that have become familiar at JPJ as yesterday's win gave the Cavaliers their 16th straight ACC home victory.

Duke's Cameron Indoor and Syracuse's Carrier Dome are known as two of the tougher places to play for opponents in the ACC -- and Brogdon believes JPJ has joined that group.

"I think it is. If not the country," Brogdon said. "I think it's a tough place to play because we have such a great fanbase. I can't speak enough about our fans and what they bring us during the games."

Virginia's run at home dates back nearly two seasons. The Cavs' last conference home loss was a 63-60 defeat at the hands of Florida State on March 1st, 2012.

The Cavs won nine league games at home last season and are a perfect 7-0 this season, with games against Miami and Syracuse remaining.

"It's our fans," senior forward Akil Mitchell said. "We enjoy playing here. After being away on the road a few weeks it's great to come back and our fans get excited. You can feel the buzz around Charlottesville."

And it's not just the Cavaliers and their fans taking notice -- Notre Dame coach Mike Brey also gushed about Saturday's atmosphere.

"(Today was) our first time here. Beautiful building. Great fans and energy. They're just really good," Brey said. "(JPJ) may be the loudest place we've played. We played at Iowa, played at the Carrier Dome. It's a fabulous home-court atmosphere."

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