The Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball program represents the University of Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Division I of the NCAA. The team is coached by Tony Bennett. Since 2006 the team has played at John Paul Jones Arena, an on-campus arena on the North Grounds of the university, in front of 14,593.
A consistent winner in the early years of college basketball under the tutelage of Pop Lannigan, the Cavalier program lay mostly dormant between 1930 and 1975 before Terry Holland arrived to win their first ACC Championship and earn their first NCAA Tournament appearance in his second year. UVA has since finished first in the ACC basketball standings nine times, third best all-time. They have won the ACC Tournament three times, defeating Duke or North Carolina in each title game.
Virginia won the 2019 NCAA Tournament Championship, has been to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament three times, and won the last third-place game ever played at the event. The Cavaliers have ranked in the Top 5 of the AP Poll a total of 96 times in the past four decades, ranking the program 9th since 1980.
John Paul Jones Arena