Virginia earns another No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament after last year’s upset

March 17, 2019

The University of Virginia again will sit on a No. 1 line in the NCAA Tournament bracket, one year after it was on the wrong end of the tournament’s most historic upset.

Virginia (29-3) sits atop the South Region and will face No. 16 Gardner-Webb, the Big South champion, in the first round Friday in Columbia, South Carolina.

The Cavaliers were one of three ACC teams to earn No. 1 seeds.

According to CBS’s Selection Show, the selection committee gave Virginia the second overall seed. Duke, which won the ACC Tournament after getting Zion Williamson back from injury, is the top overall seed. North Carolina earned the third overall seed.

Virginia’s only losses this year came to Duke twice and to Florida State in the ACC Tournament semifinals last week.

The Cavaliers will be motivated not to let the Runnin’ Bulldogs make it two embarrassing exits in two years. UMBC which, incidentally, did not qualify for this year’s field became the first No. 16 to upset a No. 1 in tournament history last year when it beat Virginia by 20 points.

If the Cavaliers advance to the regional round in Louisville, Kentucky, they could be on a collision course to face No. 2 Tennessee or No. 3 Purdue.

Virginia has qualified for a school-record six consecutive tournaments, all of them coming during coach Tony Bennett’s tenure.