The Virginia basketball team celebrates on the podium after winning the national championship at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Monday.

The Virginia men's basketball team has been nominated for the "best team" ESPY award, ESPN announced on Tuesday.

The Cavaliers went 35-3 this past season and won the first national championship in program history on April 8 in Minneapolis.

Virginia reached the pinnacle of college basketball thanks to thrilling wins over Purdue (Elite Eight), Auburn (Final Four) and Texas Tech (national championship game) in the NCAA Tournament. The Wahoos trailed in the final 15 seconds of all three games and managed to win all three.

One of the signature plays of the Cavaliers' championship run, Mamadi Diakite's buzzer-beating shot against Purdue in the Elite Eight that forced overtime, was recently nominated for the "Best Play" ESPY but did not advance out of the first round of fan voting.

Other nominees for the award are the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, NCAA champion Clemson football team, NBA champion Toronto Raptors, NCAA champion Baylor women's basketball team and the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, which will play for the World Cup championship on Sunday.

The award is currently open for fan voting. You can vote here.

The ESPYS, which will be hosted by Tracy Morgan this year, air on July 10 at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

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John Shifflett is The Daily Progress sports editor. You can contact him at (434) 978-7250,, or @John_Shifflett.

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