Another year, another first-round exit for Virginia basketball. The No. 13 seed Ohio Bobcats knocked the four-seed Cavaliers out of the Big Dance Saturday evening.
It’s been almost two years since Virginia basketball won the 2019 NCAA men’s basketball championship. The Cavaliers, unfortunately, looked much more like the 2018 Virginia team as opposed to the 2019 championship-winning squad.
The 13-seed Bobcats upset No. 4 seed Virginia 62-58 on Saturday, sending the Cavaliers home in the process. Ohio star Jason Preston led the way, scoring 11 points to go along with 13 rebounds and eight assists.
This is the second time in Virginia’s past three tournament appearances it’s been eliminated in the first round while being the higher seed. The program’s 2019 championship run has been sandwiched by two highly disappointing and brief tournament appearances.
🚨 OHIO COMPLETES THE UPSET 🚨
The 13-seed Bobcats take down 4-seed Virginia pic.twitter.com/jYUD1fPlkN
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 2021
It’s safe to say the college basketball world is shocked. Ohio finished fifth in the MAC this season, but somehow just knocked off Virginia, the ACC regular-season champion.
Ohio finished fifth in the MAC.
It just beat the ACC regular season champion — Virginia — in the NCAA Tournament.
Nope. Just College Basketball.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 21, 2021
Jason Preston and Ohio just knocked off the defending champion Virginia Cavaliers.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 21, 2021
Virginia’s last three men's tournaments:
• lost to No. 16 UMBC
• won National Championship
• lost to No. 13 Ohio pic.twitter.com/m431hiGqnl
— SB Nation (@SBNation) March 21, 2021
Virginia basketball is starting to develop a disturbing pattern in the NCAA Tournament. At this point, the Cavaliers are either hit or miss.
Tony Bennett’s team was the No. 1 seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, but proceeded to get knocked out by 16-seed UMBC. The Cavaliers bounced back the following year by winning the national championship. Fast forward to the 2021 NCAA Tournament and UVA is once again heading home earlier than expected.
The 13-seed Ohio Bobcats have advanced to the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament where they’ll take on No. 5 seed Creighton on Monday.