Officially, 12,117 fans showed up at the John Paul Jones Arena last night to see the U.Va. men’s basketball team knock off North Carolina, 61-52, in their Atlantic Coast Conference season opener. But it felt like there were a lot more folks there.
But even that total, while short of a sellout (the arena’s basketball capacity is 14,593), was quite a crowd for a game that began just 12 hours before the start of a work week — and between semesters, to boot. It appeared that many students interrupted their break to trek back to Charlottesville to root on the ‘Hoos, and the crowd was LOUD. The fans were rewarded by seeing North Carolina’s first-ever loss in JPJ, as the Tar Heels became the last ACC team to taste defeat there.
Head coach Tony Bennett noticed the vocal support, as did his players. This morning, the Athletic Department posted a video in which Bennett and star third-year Joe Harris thanked the fans for their support.
Congrats, Wahoo fans.
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