Writers name Tony Bennett top coach

ST. LOUIS -- Virginia coach Tony Bennett has been named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association national coach of the year.

Bennett guided Virginia to a 30-4 record, including a 28-2 mark in the regular season. The award is based on the regular season.

Bennett also won the award, named for Hall of Fame coach Henry Iba, at Washington State in 2007 and is the ninth coach to win it twice.

He and Roy Williams -- Williams at Kansas in 1990 and North Carolina in 2006 -- are the only coaches to win the award at two schools.

The Cavaliers won their second consecutive outright Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title this season.

They were eliminated from the NCAA tournament in a 60-54 loss to Michigan State on Sunday.