The Virginia Cavaliers are ending the 2017-18 season at No. 5 in the final USA Today Coaches Poll, which was released Tuesday, one day after Villanova beat Michigan to win its second national championship in three years.
Virginia became the first No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament history to lose in the first round, as No. 16 seed UMBC routed the Cavaliers 74-54.
Even though the Cavaliers had the No. 98 recruiting class in the country in 2017 and came into this season unranked, having a 31-3 overall record and 21-1 mark in ACC play with that kind of talent is going to be a footnote in a season Virginia fell short of their ultimate goal.
Despite the historic defeat, Virginia is still highly regarded as a top contender for next season’s NCAA championship because of the players coming back.
The Cavaliers will return their top scorer (Kyle Guy) and leader in assists (Ty Jerome) as well as promising guard De’Andre Hunter.
You can be certain Virginia will be extremely motivated for redemption and will use the failure as fuel to finish the job next season.
2018 college basketball USA Today Coaches Poll — Final results
- Texas Tech
- Michigan State
- West Virginia
- North Carolina
- Florida State
- Kansas State
- Ohio State
- Texas A&M
- Wichita State