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Still, this was a different sort of collapse, one even Miami could acknowledge.

“You could tell those guys were kind of in shock because they had the game,” Grant said.

Except they didn’t. Instead of celebrating its fifth victory in six games, Virginia was the first team sent home from Greensboro.

For Miami, it provided a solid memory in a season littered with close losses. As for the Cavaliers, the end of their plucky season was unforgettable in the worst manner possible: An unusual meltdown the likes no one in the Virginia locker room ever endured.

“Never in my life,” Farrakhan said. “But I guess there’s a first time for everything.”