As orange and blue confetti fell in Minneapolis, students and fans took to the streets of Charlottesville on Monday to celebrate Virginia’s first NCAA basketball championship.
In a city that was last in the news for the violence-filed riots of 2017 that saw white supremacists marching in the streets, Monday’s joyous celebration was a welcome scene for a city that still carries the weight of that hate-filled weekend.
Virginia’s wild ride from dubious NCAA history
A Virginia team that just last year made basketball history for becoming the first No. 1 seed to fall in the first round of the NCAA tournament completed its redemption story with a thrill-packed NCAA tournament run that included a buzzer-beater to survive an Elite 8 thriller vs. Purdue and a pair of Final Four games that saw the Cavs blow 10-point leads only to hold on for victory.
Yes, Virginia. There is reason to celebrate.
Students who packed John Paul Jones Arena to watch their Cavs on the big screen spilled onto the floor in elation after the 85-77 overtime win against Texas Tech.
— ESPN (@espn) April 9, 2019
It didn’t take long for the streets of Charlottesville to become jam-packed with jubilant fans.
— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) April 9, 2019
There was couch burning.
Several students jumped into the fire before fire dept. came to scene pic.twitter.com/O0AOM8S0jg
— Nik Popli (@Nik_Popli) April 9, 2019
Queen was played.
Chants were chanted.
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) April 9, 2019
And the streets were packed.
— Tara Cangialosi (@taracangialosi) April 9, 2019
It was a welcome scene for a city that’s been in need of positive vibes.
I am overjoyed for the new images we will associate with Charlottesville. 🧡💙🏀 https://t.co/U9Aod1vNis
— Mary Wears Pearls (@RN4GVP) April 9, 2019
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