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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

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)

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Virginia named No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament's South Region

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Virginia named No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament's South Region

Virginia has another No. 1 seed. Now the Cavaliers will aim to avoid a repeat of last year's stunning and unprecedented upset.

The Cavaliers are the second overall seed in the field of 68 and will headline the South Region bracket. They open Friday in Columbia, South Carolina, against Gardner-Webb -- which won the Big South Conference title.

Virginia became the first No. 1 seed ever to lose to a 16-seed last year, falling to UMBC in a moment now etched in tournament lore. The second-ranked Cavaliers won a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title but fell in the ACC Tournament semifinals against No. 12 Florida State.

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Three things to watch for in Duke at Virginia

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Three things to watch for in Duke at Virginia

It's a battle of ACC heavyweights as No. 2 Duke visits No. 3 Virginia Saturday night in Charlottesville, Va. In case you need more incentive, here's three reasons to watch Duke at Virginia.

1. Two words: Zion Williamson. The definition of a one-man wrecking crew, Williamson has only solidified his status as the favorite to go No. 1 in the 2019 NBA Draft since donning Duke blue. Beyond the dozens of highlight-reel dunks, he's stuffing the stat sheet with 22.0 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.0 blocks per game. 

2. However, Williamson and the high-flying Duke offense will be facing the best defense in the land; UVA holds opponents to a Divsion I-leading 52.9 points per game. In addition, the Cavaliers have the nation's third-best opponent field goal percentage (37.0), trailing only Texas Tech and Houston in that category. Expect the Blue Devils to put up some points, but UVA will certainly make it tough sledding for them.

3. When these two get together, you already know you're in for an instant classic. Both teams feature some of the NCAA's best pro prospects: five players in this game alone could be first round picks come June 20. In their first clash this season at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Jan. 19, the lead changed 15 times before the Blue Devils pulled out a narrow 72-70 victory. Will the Cavaliers get revenge in their home gym? 

Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN. 

Duke at Virginia How to Watch

What: Duke Blue Devils at Virginia Cavaliers

Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Va.

When: 6:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Duke at Virginia Preview

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)

Record: Duke (20-2, 8-1), Virginia (20-1, 8-1)

Last Game: 80-55 win vs. Boston College, 2/5 (Duke), 56-46 win vs. Miami, 2/2 (Virginia)

Leading Scorers: RJ Barrett, 23.0 ppg (Duke) De'Andre Hunter, 14.7 ppg (Virginia)

Duke at Virginia Betting Odds/Lines 

Spread: Virginia -2

Over/Under: 135

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