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:
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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 NCAA.com
TV Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Grant Hill (analyst), Bill Raftery (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (reporter)
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
Money Line: N/A
Against The Spread: Virginia is 20-9-1 ATS this season. UMBC is 4-1 ATS.
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