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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UVA's Tomas Woldenstae's game-winner stuns Tar Heels in Chapel Hill

UVA's Tomas Woldenstae's game-winner stuns Tar Heels in Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Tomas Woldetensae scored 18 points and made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left to lift Virginia past North Carolina 64-62 on Saturday night.

Mamadi Diakite added 15 points for the Cavaliers (17-7, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won for the fifth time in six games.

Woldetensae's winning shot came after North Carolina's Christian Keeling made three free throws to give the Tar Heels a 62-61 lead with 10.3 seconds left. Keeling had been fouled by Woldetensae while attempting a 3-point shot.

Casey Morsell and Kihei Clark each scored 10 points for Virginia. The Cavaliers won back-to-back games against North Carolina in Chapel Hill for the first time in program history.

Garrison Brooks scored 20 points to lead North Carolina (10-15, 3-11), which lost its fifth consecutive game.

Cole Anthony added 17 points for the Tar Heels, but his half-court heave at the buzzer wasn't close. Keeling scored 11 points.

North Carolina lost despite shooting 50% from the floor against the Cavaliers, who entered the game with the nation's top scoring defense and field-goal percentage defense.


Virginia: The Cavaliers have returned to their winning ways just in time. Virginia's NCAA Tournament chances were fading a month ago during a three-game losing streak, but the Cavaliers have gone 6-2 while grinding out five wins by five points or fewer since then.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels remained winless in February, starting off their second month in a row with five consecutive defeats. They are one loss away from clinching their first losing record for a regular season since 2001-02.


Virginia: The Cavaliers host Boston College on Wednesday night, looking to avenge the Eagles' 60-53 win in the teams' first meeting on Jan. 7.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels play Monday night at Notre Dame, which they defeated 76-65 on Nov. 6 in each team's season opener.


P.J. Horne's career night carries Virginia Tech past Pittsburgh

P.J. Horne's career night carries Virginia Tech past Pittsburgh

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- P.J. Horne scored a career-high 18 points to lift Virginia Tech to a 67-57 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Horne hit 6 of 9 from the floor, including a career-high four 3-pointers for the Hokies (15-10, 6-8 Atlantic Coast Conference), who snapped a five-game losing streak. Jalen Cone added 12 points and four 3-pointers for Virginia Tech, which hit 12 3-pointers in the game.

Au'Diese Toney and Justin Champignie scored 12 points each to lead the Panthers (15-11, 6-9), who lost for the fifth time in the past seven games.

Horne, who came into the game averaging 7.1 points per game, made 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions in the final 3:30 to help the Hokies hold off the Panthers. Virginia Tech led by as many as 19 in the second half before Pittsburgh cut the lead to 59-53 on a layup by Abdoul Karim Coulibaly with 3:21 remaining.

Horne, though, hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 3:06 to go to push the Tech lead to 62-53, and after another Coulibaly layup with 2:51 remaining, Horne connected again, hitting a 3-pointer from the same spot to give the Hokies a 65-55 lead. Pittsburgh got no closer.

Xavier Johnson finished with 11 points for Pittsburgh, which shot just 35% (21 of 60) in losing its fifth straight road game.


Pittsburgh: Securing an NCAA Tournament berth is probably a bit much to ask of this young squad, but an NIT bid is certainly an attainable goal. However, the Panthers need to find a cure for their first-half woes, particularly on the road. Pittsburgh entered the game shooting 32.4% in the first half of its previous five road games (four losses) and continued the trend Saturday, shooting 26.9% in the first half in falling to the Hokies.

Virginia Tech: A week off certainly did wonders for the Hokies, who desperately needed a win after dropping five straight games. Like the Panthers, the Hokies probably aren't going to make the NCAA field unless they can make some noise in a brutal upcoming stretch. Tech plays Miami on Wednesday, then takes on Duke (road), Virginia (home) and Louisville (road).