The social media maelstrom that took place during the men’s basketball team’s game against Duke University on Saturday was intense – and University of Virginia fans were smack in the middle of it.
Quite happily, as it turned out.
From diehard alumni to national media members, to celebrities and politicians, to Coach Tony Bennett’s famous Twitter impersonator, everyone was weighing in on the No. 2 Cavaliers’ first win at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium since 1995, a 65-63 thriller over the then-fourth-ranked Blue Devils.
Two days later, Wahoos around the world are still smiling about it.
Here are 10 of our favorite posts from a memorable Saturday afternoon.
Duke is averaging 92 points per game this season. Blue Devils heading to the break with just 22. Virginia up 10. I'd beg to differ with anyone who says Virginia isn't a fun team to watch. Tony Bennett is a hell of a coach.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) January 27, 2018
The context: In the past, a number of the sports talking heads have said that Virginia’s methodical, defensive-oriented style is boring. Perhaps that narrative is beginning to change.
No Soup for You!
NOT TODAY pic.twitter.com/6zgY9kOY7Q— The Black Sheep UVA (@BlackSheep_UVA) January 27, 2018
The context: Virginia redshirt sophomore Mamadi Diakite may not be familiar with the line from the famous “Seinfeld” episode, but this was essentially his message after blocking Grayson Allen’s breakaway dunk attempt and getting called for goaltending.
Cheerleader in Shock
I love everything about this clip. https://t.co/R8wOGuePs1— Phony Bennett (@IfTonyTweeted) January 27, 2018
Oh What a Feeling
Ty Jerome on silencing Cameron Indoor Stadium: "It's one of the best feelings in basketball."— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) January 27, 2018
The context: Ty Jerome’s backbreaking 3-pointer that put Virginia up by 5 points with less than a minute left to play led to the priceless expression.
Meeting of the Minds
Mr Bennett can I have your autograph? pic.twitter.com/nJzWkGr0Ft— James Eye (@Jaeye18) January 28, 2018
The context: Heading into the game, Duke had a 135-8 record at Cameron Indoor Stadium over the last decade.
The Latest Dispatch
Family-— Capt. B. Mendenhall (@CaptMendenhall) January 29, 2018
The 2nd Virginia Company, led by Capt. Bennett, has been on a recent tear in his winter campaign. He's brought great joy to the community and an inspiration to my men as he scorched the Devils of Blue just as I did only months ago!
Politician Loses Bet
As a proud @DukeU alumni, it pains me to be wearing a @UVA lapel pin today after losing a bet on the UVA-Duke game with my Military Legislative Assistant and UVA grad, Hannah. #HereComesDuke pic.twitter.com/kgfNECQhM6— Rep. Bradley Byrne (@RepByrne) January 29, 2018
Couric Shout Out
Team of the Week!
Topple No. 4 Duke.— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) January 29, 2018
Hold Clemson to 36 pts.
Become the TEAM OF THE WEEK! pic.twitter.com/pkprmaHans