What Buzz Williams said after Virginia Tech's epic upset at Virginia

Head coach Tony Bennett of the Virginia Cavaliers

Head coach Tony Bennett of the Virginia Cavaliers

University of Virginia student Angus Binnie beat a million to one odds to win $18,000 after draining a half-court shot on national television.

After No. 1 Villanova and No. 3 Purdue lost - in the Boilermakers's case, twice - this week, Virginia Tech upset No. 2 Virginia in overtime in Charlottesville on Saturday night. That is already a more than the 5,000 to one odds that Leicester City would win the English Premier League in 2016. They get precious little scoring from their two starting frontcourt players; Wilkins and Jack Salt finished with two points each Saturday. Tech will not win this game by going for tough two-pointers. The teams have split the season series for three consecutive seasons.

Virginia has won 15 straight games following its 59-55 victory at Florida State earlier this week.

The Hokies did a lot of things well in this game.

Virginia's success this season can be attributed to the team's defense.

In the first meeting this season back in early January, Virginia held the Hokies to a season-low 52 points in a 26-point win in Blacksburg, Va. "I thought that the free throws were going to go in". But a missed free throw by Justin Robinson, a turnover, and back-to-back buckets by Virginia's Ty Jerome sent the game to overtime. Ty Jerome's last second 3-pointer could not find the mark and the Cavs' 16-game home winning streak came to an abrupt and unexpected end.

Jerome's desperation shot at the buzzer found nothing but backboard, and the celebration was on for Buzz Williams' team.

"They're a good team", Virginia senior Devon Hall said. Taking care of the basketball against a stingy Virginia defense is vital because they will make you pay with their slow-paced offense that values every single one of their possession. Alexander-Walker hit his fourth 3-pointer to pull the Hokies to 60-59 and, after Hall missed the front end of another one-and-one, Blackshear made the putback.


UVA inbounded and Hall was fouled again, this time with 13 seconds left.

Hokies coach Buzz Williams said he, and Blackshear, will likely always remember the dramatic finish.

Blackshear Jr. then grabbed Robinson's missed layup and scored on the second-chance opportunity, which proved to be the game-winner.

Kerry Blackshear Jr. had the winning basket, coming on a putback attempt with eight seconds remaining in the extra period. Like Robinson and Hall before him, Blackshear missed. The Hokies took a 61-60 victory against one of the top teams in the RPI of your choice, not to mention the country. "It's been that way two games in a row". Tech's defensive performance was much better against NC State on Wednesday, and Wilson was on the court for 24 minutes of that game.

In 2016, for instance, Virginia, seeded first in the Midwest, failed to protect a 12-point lead in the second half and lost to No. 10 seed Syracuse, 68-62, in the regional finals in Chicago. It happened Saturday, when the Cavaliers shot just 29 percent (11 for 38) behind the arc, well below their season standard of 39 percent. Tech led for 21:24 of the 45 minutes.

Virginia's aspirations of perfection in the ACC came to a jarring end Saturday night.

The Hokies go on the road to play their first of two games against No. 9 Duke on Wednesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7pm, and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN2.

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