Last year University of Virginia became the first No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament history to lose to a 16-seed, breaking brackets all across the nation. They moved from worst to first by winning the National Championship. Coach Tony Bennett used his spotlight to shine some light on HIS Radio artist Tauren Wells.
The UVA Cavaliers ended on top with an 85-77 overtime win over Texas Tech, and Bennett gave thanks to God and urged his team to stay humble. "I think there was a bigger plan going on here," Bennett said in a post-game press conference. "I wasn't needed but I was used in it, and I hope that it's a message for some people that there can be hope and joy in resiliency, and I'm thankful for what happened." Then Coach Bennett went on to thank artist Tauren Wells for his song "Hills and Valleys."
Coach Bennett explained, “It just means that you’re never alone in the hills or the valleys, and we faced those from last year to this year. But the credit goes to these young men, and I can’t wait to celebrate with my wife and my kids and my parents. And I do want to thank the Lord and my Savior.” Tauren says his phone lit up as soon as Coach Bennett's shout out aired on national television! Listen to him telling the story:
Coach Bennett says prayer is a big part of his life. He specifically prays for these qualities in each of his teammembers: humility, passion, unity, servanthood, and thankfulness. Another college basketball coach that prays for his team is Coach Buzz Williams of Virginia Tech. HIS Morning Crew shared his powerful prayer for his team after their March Madness loss.