Yes, Virginia, there are a few other teams in the ACC.
You wouldn’t know it, though, after the first week of the NCAA tournament. The conference could crow a week ago after receiving six NCAA bids, but five of those teams (Syracuse, N.C. State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Duke) had been eliminated by Sunday night.
Virginia, though, remains as the sole ACC survivor after blasting No. 8 seed Memphis 78-60 on Sunday. And that makes sense. The Cavaliers won the regular-season and tournament championships, earned a No. 1 NCAA tournament seed and clearly have been the class of the ACC all season.
And while Virginia trailed by five points at halftime Friday against No. 16 seed Coastal Carolina before righting the ship, the Cavaliers put on a clinic Sunday and never were seriously threatened against Memphis.
Given the right circumstances, Virginia is a team completely capable of going all the way.
“I don’t know,” she said, “but who cares? We’re a football school.”