Virginia’s national champion men’s basketball team is back on campus and when the Cavaliers returned, they were greeted by a throng of several thousand fans.

The Cavaliers won their first men’s basketball national championship on Monday night, defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in overtime in Minneapolis.

The crowd Tuesday chanted “U-V-A, UVA” as police motorcycles escorted the busses carrying the team into the parking lot of John Paul Jones Arena. The players and coaches walked down a path set off by barricades, high-fiving fans on their way to a podium. Virginia post player Mamadi Diakite drew huge cheers when he got off the bus holding the national championship trophy high above his head, and the crowd chanted “Tony, Tony” when coach Tony Bennett emerged.

Virginia head coach, Tony Bennett, center, speaks to the crowd as members of the Virginia basketball team are welcomed by fans as they return home after their win of the championship in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Texas Tech, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia head coach, Tony Bennett, center, speaks to the crowd as members of the Virginia basketball team are welcomed by fans as they return home after their win of the championship in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Texas Tech, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Bennett the addressed the crowd, saying, “I guess this really happened. We won the national championship.” And fans erupted again.

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Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, greets fans as he and his team are welcomed back home after their win of the championship in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Texas Tech, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, greets fans as he and his team are welcomed back home after their win of the championship in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Texas Tech, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Ty Jerome and other members of the Virginia basketball team are welcomed by fans as they return home after their win of the championship in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Texas Tech, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Ty Jerome and other members of the Virginia basketball team are welcomed by fans as they return home after their win of the championship in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Texas Tech, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Director of Virginia Tech athletics Whit Babcock, introduces Mike Young as the next men's basketball coach, April 8, 2019. (Michael Shroyer/The Roanoke Times via AP)
Director of Virginia Tech athletics Whit Babcock, introduces Mike Young as the next men’s basketball coach, April 8, 2019. (Michael Shroyer/The Roanoke Times via AP)
Virginia head coach, Tony Bennett, right, looks to the crowd along with Mamadi Dikite, center, and Austin Katstra, left, as the team is welcomed by fans as they return home after their win of the championship in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Texas Tech, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Virginia head coach, Tony Bennett, right, looks to the crowd along with Mamadi Dikite, center, and Austin Katstra, left, as the team is welcomed by fans as they return home after their win of the championship in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Texas Tech, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Tournament MVP Kyle Guy adjusts his hat as he is introduced during a welcoming ceremony as he and members of the Virginia basketball team are welcomed by fans as they return home after their win of the championship in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Texas Tech, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Tournament MVP Kyle Guy adjusts his hat as he is introduced during a welcoming ceremony as he and members of the Virginia basketball team are welcomed by fans as they return home after their win of the championship in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Texas Tech, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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