The face of ESPN, Stephen A. Smith, wasn't a big fan of Virginia basketball this season. The First Take co-host didn't love the Cavaliers' slow, methodical style.
Of course, Smith was far from the only person saying this. There are many who don't love to watch Tony Bennett's teams play.
But he's Stephen A. Smith, so his comments stand out.
Monday night, Virginia topped Texas Tech in the national title game, beating the Red Raiders in overtime.
Following the victory, a Virginia star had a message for the ESPN personality.
“I just feel so bad for [ESPN’s] Stephen A. Smith,” Ty Jerome said. “He said he hated watching us. And he had to watch us every single round of the tournament. I feel so bad for him. It must have been so hard for him.”
Well played, Ty Jerome.
Virginia could be right back in the national title game next year, too. The Cavaliers are expected to bring back everyone but De'Andre Hunter and could start the 2019-20 season ranked inside the top five.