Despite a short scare during the first half of their first round matchup against No. 16 seed Gardner-Webb, No. 1 seed Virginia picked up two wins during the first weekend of the 2019 NCAA Tournament to earn a trip to the Sweet 16. Now, the Cavaliers will look to continue their journey toward a National Championship against the No. 12 seeded Oregon Ducks.
For Virginia, a halftime deficit against Gardner-Webb in the South Region round of 64 game had many feeling like they were experiencing deja vu dating back to last years shocking loss to UMBC. However, the Cavaliers soon returned to form to defeat the Runnin' Bulldogs 71-56. Virginia then followed that up with a 63-51 win over No. 9 Oklahoma to advance to the Sweet 16.
The common theme in both of Virginia's NCAA Tournament victories was defense, something that should come as no surprise following the Cavaliers dominant performance on that end of the floor all season long. Holding opponents to around 55 ppg entering the tournament, Virginia continues to stifle offenses.
Now, they'll face one of the hottest offenses, and teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament. After upsetting their way to a Pac-12 Tournament championship and an automatic bid, the No. 12 Oregon Ducks find themselves as the only double-digit seed remaining in the dance. Oregon picked up dominating wins over No. 5 Wisconsin 72-54 and No. 13 UC Irvine 73-54 to advance to the second weekend.
With length and a balanced scoring attack led by Payton Pritchard and Louis King, Oregon has the recipe to contend with one of the top teams left in this year's tournament.
Here is the NCAA Tournament information:
Virginia vs. Oregon How to Watch
What: 2019 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, South Region
Who: No. 1 Virginia (31-3, 16-2 ACC) vs. No. 12 Oregon (25-12, 10-8 Pac-12)
When: 8:57 p.m. ET on Friday, March 28
Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
TV Channel: TBS
Online Stream: March Madness Live on NCAA.com
TV Announcers: Brian Anderson / Chris Webber // Allie LaForce
Virginia vs. Oregon Bracket Analysis
How They Got Here: Virginia (at-large bid, Round of 64: 71-56 win over No. 16 Garnder-Webb, Round of 32: 63-51 win over No. 9 Oklahoma), Oregon (automatic bid, Round of 64: 72-54 win over No. 5 Wisconsin, Round of 32: 73-54 win over No. 13 UC Irvine)
Previous Meeting: 67-54 Virginia win on Dec. 18, 2011
Next Round: Winner of No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 3Purdue
Virginia vs. Oregon Betting Spread, Lines & Odds
Favorite: Virginia -8.5
Money Line: Virginia -425, Oregon +355
Betting lines found on BetOnline.ag
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