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NCAA Tournament 2017: Virginia vs. UNC Wilmington First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

NCAA Tournament 2017: Virginia vs. UNC Wilmington First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

Virginia earned a berth to the 2017 NCAA Tournament and received a date with potential Cinderella pick UNC Wilmington in a first-round game in the west region.

UNC Wilmington finished 29-5 overall and enters March Madness having won seven consecutive games.Virginia is one of the toughest teams to figure out, but their slow pace and lack of explosive scoring make their brand of basketball quite difficult to inject into a tournament setting.

Virginia has bowed out of the tournament earlier than expected in the past few seasons, and the Cavaliers were not handed any favors with the volatile Seahawks.

Virginia and UNC Wilimington will match up on Thursday in Orlando, Fla. 

Here is the NCAA Tournament information: 

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Virginia vs. UNC Wilimington How to Watch

What: 2017 NCAA Tournament First Round, West Region

Who: No. 5 Virgina (22-10, 11-7 ACC) vs. No. 12 UNC Wilmington (29-5, 15-3 CAA)

When: 12:40 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 16.

Where: Amway Center. Orlando, Fla.

TV Channel: TruTV

Online Stream:  March Madness Live on NCAA.com

TV Announcers: Ian Eagle (Play-by-play), Steve Lavin (Analyst), Evan Washburn (Reporter)

Twitter: :@UVAMensHoops@UNCWAthletics

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Virginia vs. UNC Wilmington Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: Virginia (At-large, lost to Notre Dame in ACC quarterfinals), UNC Wilmington (Auto-bid, CAA Champions)

Previous Meeting: 2010. Virginia 69, UNC-Wilmington 67

Next Round: Winner of No. 4 Florida vs. No. 13 East Tennessee Stte

East Region Bracket:

No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 Mt. St. Mary's/No. 16 New Orleans
No. 8 Wisconsin vs. No. 9 Virginia Tech

No. 5 Virginia vs. No. 12 UNC Wilmington
No. 4 Florida vs. No. 13 East Tennessee State

No. 6 SMU vs. No. 11 Providence/No. 11 Southern Cal
No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 New Mexico State

No. 7 South Carolina vs. No. 10 Marquette
No. 2 Duke vs. No.15 Troy

Virgina vs. UNC Wilminton Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Favorites: Virginia -8.5
Over/Under: N/A
Money Line: N/A
Against The Spread: UNC Wilmington is 8-2 ATS as an underdog on a neutral court but is 14-15-1 ATS this season. Virginia is 18-12 ATS this season and is 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games.

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Guy drops 29 points in Virginia's win over VCU

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Guy drops 29 points in Virginia's win over VCU

Kyle Guy scored 29 points and hit two 3-pointers in the final three minutes Friday, leading Virginia to a 76-67 victory against VCU.

Ty Jerome also hit from long range in the closing minutes and Virginia (3-0) saw its lead trimmed to three at 63-60 with five minutes left. Neither team scored for the next two minutes before Guy came off a screen right in front of the Cavaliers' and doubled their lead.

Issac Vann made it 66-62 with a driving basket for VCU (2-1), but Guy hit a pair of free throws and Jerome followed with a 3-pointer.

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Jerome added 13 points and seven assists for Virginia.

Vann led VCU with 19 points, Johnny Williams had 14 and Khris Lane 12.

THE BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers had little trouble with VCU's pressure, turning the ball over just five times and outscoring the Rams 12-5 off turnovers. They also outscored the Rams 18-0 on fast break points, but they were beaten on the backboards 36-26.

VCU: The Rams averaged 94.5 points in their first two games, but are still working to integrate what first-year coach Mike Rhoades wants them to do on offense and defense. Johnny Williams can be a force driving to the basket, and transfer Vann gives them another quality 3-point shooter.

UP NEXT

Virginia is at home on Sunday against Monmouth.

VCU faces Marquette in the Maui Invitational on Monday.

Saint Louis tops Virginia Tech behind Bess' 22 points

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Saint Louis tops Virginia Tech behind Bess' 22 points

NEW YORK -- Character was the theme espoused by Saint Louis coach Travis Ford and Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams.

Ford praised his team's ethos, as opposed to Williams, who wondered about his squad's makeup.

"What haunts me is our character was revealed in how we played," Williams said after Saint Louis topped Virginia Tech, 77-71, in the opening round of the 2K Classic on Thursday night.

"This was the first time I was caught off-guard," Williams said.

Javon Bess scored 22 points and Jordan Goodwin added 19 for Saint Louis (3-0).

"All week in practice we worked on getting back in transition," Goodwin said. "Make sure we help each other out. We take pride in our defense. Sometimes the offense might not go but every night we guard we're going to be there every play."

Despite getting a career-high 26 points from Ahmed Hill, Virginia Tech fell to 2-1. Justin Bibbs scored 15 in his first game of the season after sitting out the first two games for disciplinary reasons. Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 10 before fouling out.

"They were tougher than us from start to finish," Williams said. "I didn't think we were ever in the fight. I don't think we were ever in the mix."

The eighth all-time matchup between the Atlantic 10 and Atlantic Coast Conference programs was taut as St. Louis' 61-49 advantage with 7:57 left was the largest lead for either team.

On the strength of an 11-3 run, though, Virginia Tech cut the deficit to 64-60. Four points is as close as the Hokies would get.

Davell Rovy's baseline layup pushed the lead back to 66-60. Bess made seven free throws and Goodwin three in the final minute to help seal the win.

"It was good to see," Ford said. "We've had some really poor performances from the free-throw line in some games -- exhibition games and different things; we've had some other games where we've shot them a little bit better -- it was good to see because I think that's when you're tested.

"I've seen that from Javon. I've seen that from Jordan and different guys. When it's on the line, they seem to rise to the occasion."

Benefiting an early-season game, there were areas in which Williams and Ford to work on with their teams. For the Hokies, free-throw shooting was a significant issue as they made only 23 of 36 (63.9 percent).

Saint Louis made just 4 of 18 from the arc.

"I thought they overwhelmed us," Williams said.