CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Even after seeing its 13-game winning streak end in an overtime loss to Maryland in its regular-season finale, Virginia heads to the ACC tournament as the top seed with a 16-2 record in league play.
On one hand, that would seem to make the sixth-ranked Cavaliers the favorites to cut down the nets at Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina. But on the other hand: Virginia hasn't won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in 38 years, hasn't so much as reached the semifinals since 1995 and has lost 18 of its last 22 game in tourney play.
It's not just opponents the Cavaliers have to overcome, but history, too. That's why several players said the loss Sunday may have come at the right time.