The Bigger Picture: Dunks, Bacon, Sandwiches … and Another UVA Win

February 6, 2024 By Andrew Ramspacher, Andrew Ramspacher,

It’s difficult to measure which moment drew the loudest pop from the John Paul Jones Arena crowd on Monday night. 

That’s the beauty of another dominant performance from the University of Virginia men’s basketball team. 

The Cavaliers rolled the University of Miami Hurricanes, 60-38, for their seventh straight win and nation-leading 23rd consecutive victory at home. 

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More than 14,100 white-clad spectators rose to their feet on multiple occasions, including with 14:23 remaining in the second half when Ryan Dunn took Reece Beekman’s perfectly placed lob and threw down a vicious dunk to give the Wahoos a 40-19 lead. 



The crowd went equally as wild later in the second half after Miami’s Michael Nwoko missed consecutive free throws, clinching coupons for free bacon for those in attendance as part of Smithfield’s “Bricks for Bacon” promotion



Miami’s 38 points were the fewest it’s ever scored in an Atlantic Coast Conference game, a span of two decades. UVA flexed its defensive muscles throughout the contest, but most especially with 15:58 left in the game when it forced the Hurricanes into a shot clock violation, prompting another popular promotion. 

In connection with coach Tony Bennett’s signature stifling defense, “Shot Clock for Sandwiches” donates 150 sandwiches from The Markets of Tiger Fuel to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge each time the Hoos force a shot clock violation at JPJ. 

After Monday’s development, there’s now been 1,350 sandwiches donated this season. 



The Cavaliers (18-5 overall, 9-3 ACC) play again Saturday at Florida State University. 

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