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NCAA Tournament 2018: Virginia vs. UMBC First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

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NCAA Tournament 2018: Virginia vs. UMBC First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

Virginia earned a berth to the 2018 NCAA Tournament after dominating the ACC, winning the regular season outright and tournament championships. For the last half of the season, they were ranked No. 1 overall in the AP Top 25 and yielded only two losses the entire year. As a result they took the tournaments overall No. 1 seed and will face No. 16 seed UMBC.

With a slow pace and grind it out style of defense, the Cavaliers lead the NCAA in points allowed at 53.4 points per game. Many demise the philosophy of the Cavaliers, but it has been a theme of Tony Bennett coached teams since he took over the program.

The Retrievers won the America East tournament title in dramatic fashion over Vermont to clinch their spot in the dance. Led by Jairus Lyles, who has four 30-point performances on the season, UMBC is back in the Tournament for the first time since 2008.

Virginia has bowed out of the tournament earlier than expected in the past few seasons with only an Elite Eight performance to show in this era of Cavalier basketball.  While it is not anticipated the Cavaliers will be the first No. 1 seed to fall to a No. 16 seed, there is reason to question how far they will make it in this year’s dance.

Virginia and UNC UMBC will match up on Friday in Charlotte, NC. 

Here is the NCAA Tournament information:


Virginia vs. UMBC How to Watch

What: 2018 NCAA Tournament First Round, South Region

Who: No. 1 Virginia (31-2, 17-1 ACC) vs. UMBC (24-10, 12-4 America East)

When: 9:20 p.m. ET on Friday, March 16.

Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

TV Channel: TNT

Online Stream:  March Madness Live on

TV Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Grant Hill (analyst), Bill Raftery (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (reporter)

Twitter: @UVAMensHoops, @UMBC_MBB


Virginia vs. UMBC Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: Virginia (Auto-bid, ACC Champions), UMBC (Auto-bid, America East Champions)

Previous Meeting: 2005. Virginia 77, UMBC 66

Next Round: Winner of No. 8 Creighton vs. No. 9 Kansas State

South Region Bracket:

No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 UMBC
No. 8 Creighton vs. No. 9 Kansas State

No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 12 Davidson
No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 13 Buffalo

No. 6 Miami (Fla.) vs. No. 11 Loyola Chicago
No. 3 Tennessee vs. No. 14 Wright State

No. 7 Nevada vs. No. 10 Texas
No. 2 Cincinnati vs. No. 15 Georgia State

Virginia vs. UMBC Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Favorites: Virginia -23
Over/Under: 121.5
Money Line: N/A
Against The Spread: Virginia is 20-9-1 ATS this season. UMBC is 4-1 ATS.

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Former Wizard and UVA alum fired by BIG3 for alleged corruption

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Former Wizard and UVA alum fired by BIG3 for alleged corruption

The BIG3 has had quite an offseason, and up until this point, it's been good news for the three-on-three basketball league. 

They announced that former NBA All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire would join Baron Davis, Carlos Boozer, "Big Baby" Davis, and former Wizard Drew Gooden as new additions to the league.

Now, another former Wizard and University of Virginia alum is making the wrong kind of news, with TMZ reporting Roger Mason Jr. is being replaced by Ice Cube as commissioner of  the league because of corruption allegations. 


According to TMZ, who obtained a letter sent by the league to it's players, this was the result of a corruption investigation involving Mason and his ties to two Qatari investors who allegedly took of millions of dollars from the league, and they just-so-happened to be investors that Mason brought to the BIG3.

The BIG3 sued Ayman Sabi and Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, but Mason reportedly refused to work with the league because of his relationship with the two men. 

The league says it found evidence the Qataris were giving certain BIG3 employees gifts and vacations while refusing to pay the league. Mason was apparently one of the people getting showered with gifts, so, that just may have clouded his judgment on the whole situation.

Ice Cube, who founded the league, will take over as commissioner for now, until they can find a replacement for Mason.


Virginia stays unanimously No. 1 in final AP Top 25 poll


Virginia stays unanimously No. 1 in final AP Top 25 poll

Virginia went from being an unranked team that few expected to contend in the Atlantic Coast Conference to the unanimous No. 1 in the final AP Top 25 of the season.

The Cavaliers (31-2) earned all 65 first-place votes in Monday's poll to remain on top for the fifth straight week, the past two by unanimous counts. That came after Virginia completed a 20-1 run against Atlantic Coast Conference teams by winning the league tournament , which helped the Cavs secure the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

"Each year presents different opportunities and challenges," coach Tony Bennett said after the field was unveiled Sunday. "You've heard me say it and it's what I keep saying is you can't overcomplicate it.

"You prepare well, you try to improve and then you play to win and I think that's that best way to go about it from past experiences and all that."

Virginia was picked in the preseason to finish sixth in the ACC, but climbed to No. 1 exactly one month ago for the first time since the Ralph Sampson era.

Now the Cavaliers, who headline the NCAA South bracket , will try to make the Final Four for only the third time and first since 1984.



The top four teams in the AP poll matched the selection committee's No. 1 seeds. Villanova (30-4) won the Big East Tournament and stayed at No. 2, while Xavier (28-5) was third and Kansas (27-7) jumped five spots to fourth after winning the Big 12 Tournament.

Villanova is the No. 1 seed in the East , Xavier in the West and Kansas in the Midwest .


Michigan State slid a spot to fifth, though the Spartans had last week off after the earlier-than-usual Big Ten Tournament.

Cincinnati climbed to No. 6 after winning the American Athletic Conference Tournament, while Big Ten tourney champ Michigan stayed at No. 7.

Gonzaga slid two spots to No. 8, while Duke fell four spots to No. 9 after losing in the ACC semifinals to North Carolina -- which climbed two spots to No. 10.



St. Mary's (28-5) missed the NCAA Tournament despite checking in at No. 25 in this week's poll, down five spots.

The Gaels suffered an upset loss to BYU in the West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals March 5, leaving them at No. 40 in the RPI and owning just a 4-3 record against Quadrant 1 and 2 opponents.

Now St. Mary's is a 1-seed in the NIT .


Kansas' climb was the biggest of the week, while No. 12 Arizona moved up three spots after winning the Pac-12 Tournament. No. 15 West Virginia also climbed three spots after reaching the Big 12 tourney final.


Wichita State joined St. Mary's with the week's biggest tumble, falling five spots to No. 16 after falling to No. 21 Houston in the AAC semifinals.



Hello again to Kentucky, which re-entered the poll at No. 18 after beating Tennessee to win the Southeastern Conference Tournament. This is the third time the Wildcats have climbed back in after falling out since mid-January -- which marked the only times they have been unranked since March 2014.


Rhode Island's loss to Davidson in Sunday's Atlantic 10 Tournament final dropped the Rams out from No. 25.


The AP Top 25 ended up with four teams holding the top ranking this season, with Villanova spending a season-high eight weeks in two stints there. Preseason No. 1 Duke held the spot for five weeks, Michigan State made a one-week appearance there and then Virginia spent the last five weeks at No. 1.

Of that group, Duke and Virginia each spent two weeks as the unanimous No. 1.

And among the wildest swings, Arizona State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M all pushed into the top 5 only to end up unranked. The Sun Devils were No. 3 and the Aggies were No. 5 in the Christmas Day poll, while the Sooners hit No. 4 on Jan. 15.

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