The wound doesn't heal in a year.
There was a feeling history might repeat itself when Virginia feel behind by 14 points in the first half to No. 16 seed Gardner-Webb. But Virginia's ability to not wilt under all that pressure is a credit to Bennett's work on his team's psyche over the past year.
Virginia: Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett said he told his team when they were down 14 in the first half to Gardner-Webb that they had to pound the ball inside. The Wahoos never looked back as they outscored Gardner-Webb, making its first-ever NCAA appearance, 25-5 en route to Blow Out City. "We still have our foot on the gas and just trying to go as far as we can".
He won the 2015 PSAL AA championship with the Wings then led Putnam Science (Conn.) Academy to the program's first national prep championship.
You can take the boy out of The Bronx, but you can't take The Bronx out of the boy.
"Definitely the physicality in the park", he said.
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"Whenever somebody is exhausted or you're trying to fight through a rep or take a play off or something, I always think back to that", Guy said.
Just because the sun went down didn't mean you had to stop hooping.
"I said, 'Uplift them, ' and we talked about don't panic, but play with fight", Bennett said. The Sooners were the three-point shooting team in the Big 12 and only attempt of their shots from deep, so they aren't a huge threat to stretch the floor.
OR has has been the favorite in eight of its last 10 games, all wins, including a 4.5-point favorite in its 73-54 win over UC Irvine on Sunday.
Ty Jerome remembered that locker room against UMBC.
De'Andre Hunter backs down a Coppin State defender in November at John Paul Jones Arena.
"It was a great atmosphere here", Perez said.
"It's unforgettable. I could carry this on for the rest of my life, and no one can take it from me", senior Brandon Miller said.
"But I think it was important for those guys, a lot of them were hoping to be in this position again, and they stepped to the challenge-even though it was a little wobbly at times". He was excellent vs Ole Miss, and it led to a 95-point performance that was among OU's best all season long. Junior guard Kyle Guy, overwhelmed and suffocated by anxiety, before and after the death threats following that fateful night and the hate mail and social media scorn, has thankfully dribbled through all the adversity. "If you learn to use it right, it can buy a ticket to a place that you couldn't have gone any other way", Bennett said. "So that's been the motto".
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