With this past week off from the grind of ACC competition, several members of the top-ranked Virginia men’s basketball team spent at least part of the break resting nagging ailments in preparation for the closing stretch of the regular season.
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Starting guard Kyle Guy, meanwhile, got engaged. The sophomore broke the news on his Twitter account, posting a series of photographs chronicling the event that took place Sunday.
One image is of Guy down on one knee proposing to girlfriend Alexa Jenkins. Another is a close-up shot of the engagement ring on the left hand of the new bride. A third shows Guy smiling broadly and raising his left arm in the air while hugging his fiancee.
“Eighth grade to now. Still get the butterflies. I love you,” the tweet read in part.
Cavaliers Coach Tony Bennett played a little coy when asked about the special moment during the ACC coaches’ weekly teleconference Monday before revealing with a laugh that he and Guy had discussed the forthcoming momentous occasion following a recent practice.
“Congrats obviously to Kyle,” Bennett said. “He had told me, I can’t remember what day, whatever day it was we had practice, that was something he was going to do. So I just said, ‘How sure are you on a scale of one to 10 she’s going to say yes? Because that’s really important in that scenario.’ He felt very confident. Good for them. Every man in his heart knows when it’s the right time. He felt it was the right time, so I’m so happy and thankful she said yes, and they’re in a good place.”
Guy’s first game as a husband-to-be comes Wednesday night against Georgia Tech at John Paul Jones Arena.
A victory for Virginia (24-2, 12-1), which beat the Yellow Jackets, 64-48, in the first meeting Jan 18 in Atlanta, secures the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament and at least a share of a third regular season conference championship under Bennett.
The Cavaliers have not played since Feb. 13, when they beat Miami, 59-50, in Coral Gables, Fla., capping a taxing run of three road games in 10 days. Georgia Tech (11-16, 4-10) has lost five in a row and sits in third-to-last in the ACC.
“I’ve got to go back and think, but I believe it is,” Bennett said when asked whether this was the first time he has been a coach of a player who got engaged during the season. “I think that is the first, but I have to think about that. Yeah, I’m going to go with it’s the first, but if it changes, I’ll let you know.
Now Guy could be less than two months away from getting a ring of his own with the top-ranked Cavaliers.