Virginia Basketball: 10 Defining Moments of 2012 Season

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Virginia Basketball: 10 Defining Moments of 2012 Season
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Turns out that the 2011-12 season was one of the most rewarding and frustrating seasons in the history of the Virginia Cavaliers.

Coach Tony Bennett knew the task in front of him, to get his team back to the NCAA tournament for just the third time since 2000.

With the experience of three seniors and a preseason pick by the media to finish fourth in the ACC, the pressure was on for Virginia to take that next step.

What transpired was one roller coaster season where the Cavaliers had thrilling victories, heart-breaking losses, inexplicable performances on both the good and bad side of the spectrum and plenty of attrition throughout the way.

Nevertheless, for those that missed it or simply want to look back and reflect, here are the moments that defined the season—one that featured the most wins in nearly two decades and the most "what could have been" talk in recent memory.

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