Top seeded Virginia battles Gardner-Webb


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.  ACC regular-season champion Virginia (29-3) is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA South Region for the NCAA Tournament.
UVA will make its school-record sixth straight and 23rd overall NCAA Tournament appearance. The No. 1 seed marks the fourth in the past six seasons and seventh overall for the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers will face No. 16 seed Gardner-Webb (23-11) in an NCAA Tournament first-round game on Friday at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C. Tipoff time set for 3:10pm.
The winner of Virginia’s first-round game will meet No. 8 seed Ole Miss (20-12) or No. 9 seed Oklahoma (19-13) in the second round on Sunday, March 24.
The other pod of teams competing in Columbia includes squads from the East Region. Those matchups are No. 1 overall seed Duke vs. No. 16 seed North Dakota State or No. 16 seed North Carolina Central and No. 8 seed VCU or No. 9 seed UCF.
This is Virginia’s seventh NCAA Tournament appearance under three-time National and four-time ACC Coach of the Year Tony Bennett. The Cavaliers have compiled an all-time record of 29-22 in 22 NCAA tournaments. UVA advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1981 and 1984.
 The Cavaliers were the No. 1 overall seed for last year’s tournament. Virginia advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2016, NCAA third round in 2015 and NCAA Sweet 16 in 2014.

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