Formerly of Stevens Point High School, Green Bay Preble and UW-Green Bay, Tony Bennett orchestrated one of the greatest underdog stories in NCAA Tournament history. The son of Wisconsin basketball godfather Dick Bennett, Tony has been at the helm of Virginia basketball since 2009. In the 2018 NCAA Tournament, the Cavaliers became the first top seed ever eliminated in the first round, a memorable upset for 16th seeded Maryland-Baltimore County. But in 2019, the Cavs bounced back in the biggest way, winning the NCAA championship with thrilling overtime victories along the way against Purdue in the Elite Eight and Texas Tech in the final. Virginia ultimately won the final, 85-77. His renown high character was also on display when he reportedly turned down a raise with the hope that Virginia would sprinkle that money toward his assistants instead. See more These 25 Wisconsinites had a huge sports year in 2019 | greenbaypressgazette.
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