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NCAA Tournament 2019: Virginia vs. Gardner-Webb First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

NCAA Tournament 2019: Virginia vs. Gardner-Webb First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

No. 1 Virginia will have to overcome the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history as they return to the dance against No. 16 Gardner-Webb.

The Virginia Cavaliers received a top seed once again with a 29-3 overall record. Of their three losses, two of them were to Zion Williamson's Duke squad. Other than that the Cavs went 29-1 against everyone else and in a powerful ACC. There was a never a question if Virginia would get back to a No. 1 seed. It's a matter if Tony Bennett's squad can get past the No. 16 seed this year. 

That No. 16 seed will be the Big South champions, the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs. Led by head coach Tim Craft in his sixth season, the Bulldogs beat the two conference favorites Campbell and Radford in the Big South Tournament to get here. This marks Gardner-Webb's first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

Here is the NCAA Tournament information:

Virginia vs. Gardner-Webb How to Watch

What: 2019 NCAA Tournament First Round, South Region

Who: No. 1 Virginia (29-3, 16-2 ACC) vs. No. 16 Gardner-Webb (23-11, 10-6 Big South)

When: 3:10 p.m. ET on Friday, March 22

Where: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C.

TV Channel: truTV

Online Stream: March Madness Live on NCAA.com

TV Announcers: Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson

Twitter: @UVAMensHoops@GWU_MBK 

Virginia vs. Gardner-Webb Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: Virginia (at-large), Gardner-Webb (auto-bid, Big South champions)

Previous Meeting: 72-65 Virginia win on Dec. 20, 2002

Next Round: Winner of No. 8 Ole Miss vs. No. 9 Oklahoma

South Region Bracket:

No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Gardner-Webb
No. 8 Ole Miss vs. No. 9 Oklahoma

No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Oregon
No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 13 UC Irvine

No. 6 Villanova vs. No. 11 St. Mary's (CA)
No. 3 Purdue vs. No. 14 Old Dominion

No. 7 Cincinnati vs. No. 10 Iowa
No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 15 Colgate

Virginia vs. Gardner-Webb Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Favorites: Virginia -21.5
Over/Under: 131
Money Line: N/A
Against The Spread: Virginia (23-9), Gardner-Webb (18-13-1)

Betting lines found on BetOnline.ag

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Could Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. jump into 2019 NFL Draft's first round?

Could Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. jump into 2019 NFL Draft's first round?

Coming out of the NFL combine, former Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. was projected to be a second-round pick in the NFL Draft. But could he end up sliding into the first round on Thursday?

It seems like a possibility now, based on some of the teams he's met with, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday. And NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah has previously said Savage could rise to the first round too.

NBC Sports Washington's latest NFL Mock Draft has Savage going to the Green Bay Packers as the 44th overall pick.

According to Rapoport, Savage met with 11 teams, including the Carolina Panthers (No. 16 overall pick), Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 20 overall pick), Seattle Seahawks (No. 21 overall pick), Philadelphia Eagles (No. 25 overall pick) and Los Angeles Rams (No. 31 overall pick). 

The three-year starter out of College Park was named Second Team All-Big Ten this season after recording 52 tackles (38 solo, 14 assist) for the Terps, along with four interceptions, including one pick six. He's versatile, strong and fast, and even if he gets passed by in the first round of the NFL Draft, it seems unlikely that he'll still be available by the end of the second.

At 5-foot-11 and 198 pounds, Savage ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in February -- a time that was second-fastest among all safeties -- and posted a 39.5-inch vertical, third among safeties, and a 126-inch broad jump. He also had 11 bench-press reps.

Pro Football Focus has Savage listed as the second-best safety in this year's draft class behind Delaware's Nasir Adderley because he's "a missile around the line of scrimmage".

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Jamion Christian, GW basketball receive commitment from Jameer Nelson's son Jameer Jr.

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Jamion Christian, GW basketball receive commitment from Jameer Nelson's son Jameer Jr.

The George Washington University men's basketball team landed the son of longtime NBA point guard Jameer Nelson Tuesday. 

Jameer Nelson Jr., a 2019 guard out of Pennsylvania's Haverford School, decommitted from his father's alma mater (Saint Joseph's) following the news that Phil Martelli would not return for the 2019-20 season. 

This marks first-year head coach Jamion Christian's second commitment since being named head coach of the Colonials after one year at Siena College. 

Nelson Sr. played in the Association from 2004 to 2018, including 10 seasons in Orlando. The point guard averaged a career-best 16.7 points per game during the 2008-09 campaign.