Bread City Basketball


Overtime. Score deadlocked. Virginia basketball. 17 seconds on the clock in the biggest basketball game ever played in the brand new John Paul Jones arena. The Wahoo faithful are on their feet. The nine-game losing streak to the despised Duke Blue Devils is finally poised to end. With one second left, Cavalier superstar point guard Sean Singletary hits a falling one-handed floater over the outstretched arms of 6-foot-10 Duke forward Josh McRoberts. The arena explodes into mayhem and Singletary looks right at the camera, a moment that will be No. 1 on Sportscenter that night. There’s no hesitation in the stands. Everyone knows it’s time to rush the court for the first time in the arena’s history. As the buzzer sounds, we stream from the stairwells onto the hardwood; students, alumni and even adolescent kids pour onto the court at the John. It doesn’t matter who you’re next to – every fan is your best friend at that moment. Belting out the Good ‘Ole Song with thousands of orange-clad fanatics around you – that memory will never fade.

by Jeremy Root

Rushing the court

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