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)
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
Virginia vs. UNC Wilmington Betting Spread, Lines & Odds
Favorites: Virginia -8.5
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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