CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WRIC) — After a challenging week of news and headlines in the commonwealth — a bright spot for Virginia sports fans this weekend comes in the form of a highly anticipated men’s basketball match-up between University of Virginia and Duke University.
Students, alumni, and fans are fired up for Saturday’s matchup. It’s arguably the biggest game of the weekend; even ESPN’s College Gameday will be in town for the occasion.
“I think the ESPN spotlight will bring back some of the positivity that the state needs right now,” says Ben Stackler, a University of Virginia student.
Just three weeks ago the two teams battled in North Carolina.
Duke won by just 2 points.
Now Virginia fans say their team is ready to answer back.
Some have tickets, like Jared Raymon, a future UVA student: “We do have tickets, yeah we’re going I’m excited, I’m so excited it’s something I’ve always wanted to go to.”
Others, like UVA student Ben Stackler, are still hoping for a miracle.
“No, I don’t,” Stackler said when asked if he has tickets to the big game. “Unfortunately, if anybody could hook me up with one I’d really appreciate it.”
After a difficult week for Virginians, some feel the anticipation of the big game is a breath of fresh air.
“There’s a lot of negativity right now so where is the positivity?” said Carla Williams, University of Virginia Athletic Director. “And it hit me, I was like ‘well it’sSaturdayy at 6 p.m. in JPJ when we play Duke University.”