The Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball team is the intercollegiate men's basketball program representing the University of Virginia. The school competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Virginia has won one NCAA Championship, two National Invitation Tournaments, and three ACC Tournament titles. The team is coached by Tony Bennett and plays home games at the on-campus John Paul Jones Arena which opened in 2006. They have been called the Cavaliers since 1923, predating the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA by half a century.
Virginia was a top program in the early years of college basketball under the tutelage of Pop Lannigan from 1905 to 1929, and even a consistent winner under dual-sport football coach Gus Tebell from 1930 to 1951, but the Cavaliers struggled in the 1950s and 1960s before Terry Holland arrived in 1974 to win their first ACC Championship and earn their first NCAA Tournament appearance in just his second year. The program has since won nine ACC season titles, third-best all-time. In the recent 18-game era of ACC play under Bennett, Virginia had four teams go 16–2 or better.
John Paul Jones Arena