Villanova Wildcats

'Considering how last season ended,' No. 4 Virginia keeps focus, pours it on Morgan State, 83-45

'Considering how last season ended,' No. 4 Virginia keeps focus, pours it on Morgan State, 83-45

Kyle Guy had the answer ready almost before the question was finished.

How hard is it, he was asked, to maintain intensity in the second half of a game when your team leads by 30 points?

“It's very easy,” he said with a steely look on his face, “considering how last season ended.”

Ah, that.

It was only last March when Virginia, the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament, became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16. That 74-54 loss to UMBC wasn't even as close as the score suggests, and the sting clearly still lingers.

“That was a rough way to end the season and it was a long offseason for a lot of us thinking about that game and how we ended the...

45°